Friday, October 30, 2015

Defendant in Redlands motel murder found guilty of 2nd degree murder

A 27-year-old Rialto man was convicted Friday for the brutal 2012 murder of a woman at a Redlands motel.

A jury found Kameron Hamilton (pictured left) guilty of second degree murder. The jury also found true an allegation that Hamilton used a knife in the commission of the offense.

The day of the murder, the defendant purchased a large butcher knife at the 99 Cent Only store in Redlands. Hamilton then arranged a date with the victim, who had been working as a prostitute out of a local motel.

After arranging the date, Hamilton put his two three-year-old children down for a nap and drove to the motel. Once there, he went to the victim’s room, where they agreed upon a price.

“At some point during the date, there was a dispute and the defendant demanded his money back,” said Deputy District Attorney Melissa Rodriguez, who prosecuted the case.  “During the dispute, the knife was produced and was eventually used on the victim.”
Despite having been stabbed, the victim was able to make it out the door, but she was pulled back into the room by the defendant, where he continued to stab her.

During trial, the defendant claimed it was actually the victim who produced the knife. He claimed the victim cut him one time on the arm and that he wrestled the knife away from her and stabbed her multiple times.
The victim was stabbed a total of 59 times, with multiple stab wounds in the back and skull. Hamilton faces 16 years to life when sentenced Dec. 2 at the San Bernardino Justice Center.

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