TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Tuscumbia police have released new information connected to the investigation into the death of Kijana Freeman on March 1, 2016. Another person has now been arrested, 30-year-old Riley Earl Hamm, III of Sheffield. Hamm has been charged with murder and hindering the prosecution.
Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan says investigators came across new evidence implicating Hamm. “Part of that is re-interviewing witnesses, re-looking at the evidence that we have. Also, some recent forensics stuff that was returned to us all helped contribute to the ability to charge Mr. Hamm,” said Chief Logan.
Three people were previously charged with capital murder in relation to the 19-year-old man’s shooting and another was charged for setting up the meeting that led to his death. A second teen was also injured.
- Thomas Hubbard, 31, of Berwin, Illinois (had been living in Muscle Shoals)
- Peter Capote, 22, of Bensonville, Illinois (had been living in Muscle Shoals)
- Benjamin Young, 29, of Florence
- De’Vontae Bates, who allegedly setup the meeting, was indicted for criminal conspiracy and pled guilty.
Young and Hubbard are set to go to trial later this week.
Investigators believe the victims were meeting someone to purchase an X-box, based on text messages on their phones. Chief Logan identified the weapon used in the shooting as a 7.62 mm assault-style rifle.
Hamm is currently in the Tuscumbia City Jail on a $100,000 bond.
Police are still seeking others related to the investigation. “We will not rest until we have every single person with involvement in Kijana’s death,” Chief Logan said to the Freeman family at the beginning of the investigation.
The investigation remains ongoing. If you have any information regarding the case, please contact the Tuscumbia Police Department at (245)383-3121.