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Alleged Killer Claims He Was 'Taking Care Of Drug Problem'
Updated August 24, 2016 7:20 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(SALEM) - Alleged murderer 29-year-old Joe Hamble told police that he killed 36-year-old Joseph Hobson with a .32 caliber handgun saying that 'he just took care of one of Washington County's biggest drug problems.'

Hambel was arraigned today in Washington County Circuit Court.

In court, the judge entered a not guilty plea on Hambel's behalf and he was remanded to the Washington County Detention Center.

Hambel is scheduled to be back in court next month.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Hambel, of Salem, drove to a home at 304 West Small Street, Apartment 13 early Saturday morning because he believed Hobson and 37-year-old Valerie Dicus, who is related to Hambel, were dealing drugs.

Dicus died of a single gunshot wound and Hobson died of multiple gunshot wounds. Hambel told police he accidentally shot Dicus.

Hambel was arrested by the Indiana State Police early Saturday evening and charged with two counts of murder.

A 17-year-old told police that he was with Hambel on Friday night and into the early morning hours Saturday. He told the officers that he was a passenger in the car when Hambel drove to 304 W. Small St. twice.

Upon learning of the death investigation, Salem City Police Officer Ronnie Mays contacted investigating officers to tell them of a strange encounter he had on Friday. The probable cause affidavit says a man knocked on his door while he was at home. When he opened the door, Mays saw the man was wearing a handgun.

The man told Mays he was related to Valerie Dicus and that he had a nephew in Dicus' home on Small Street where he said drugs were being dealt. He told Mays he wanted to do something about the drug problem in Salem. Mays later realized that man was Hambel.

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