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Joe Hambel Found Guilty Of Murder
Updated November 15, 2017 7:37 AM | Filed under: Crime
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Joe Hambel

(SALEM) - After deliberating for more than four hours, a Salem jury found 30-year-old Joe Hambel guilty on two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder and one count of criminal trespassing in the death of his cousin, 37-year-old Valerie Shelton Dicus, and her boyfriend, 36-year-old Joe Hobson.

The crimes took place in the early morning hours of Aug. 20, 2016.

Hamble told police that he killed Hobson and Dicus with a .32 caliber handgun saying that 'he just took care of one of Washington County's biggest drug problems.'

Police say that Hambel, of Salem, drove to a home at 304 West Small Street, Apartment 13 during the early morning hours of Aug. 19, 2016 because he believed Hobson and Dicus 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 the evening of August 20th and charged with the murders.

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