Tuesday, November 3, 2015

#InTheNews by NBC: Man Convicted of Hacking Prostitute to Death With Butcher Knife

A 27-year-old father was convicted of hacking a prostitute to death with a butcher knife during a dispute at a Southern California motel in 2012.

A jury on Friday found Kameron Hamilton guilty of second degree murder in the killing of 30-year-old Priscilla Santana, the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office said.

On the day of the slaying, prosecutors say Hamilton bought a large butcher knife at a 99 Cents Only store, then arranged to meet a prostitute at a Redlands motel.

Hamilton put his two children down for a nap, then left to meet the woman. Once inside the motel room, Hamilton and Santana agreed on a price, but at some point the two began to argue, prosecutors said.

Hamilton demanded his money back and began to stab the victim, prosecutors said. She tried to flee and made it out the door, only to be dragged back into the room and attacked again.

A motel maid heard Santana's cries for help, prosecutor Melissa Rodriguez said. As the maid moved closer to the room, the door slammed shut and the maid noticed blood splattered on the window. She called the front desk for help.

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