Court records: Man charged after admitting to killing wife in Camden Co.

Injuries to the victim suggest blunt force trauma
Posted at 12:53 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 18:29:31-04

CAMDEN Co., N.C. - Detectives are investigating after a man allegedly killed his wife on Thursday.

Around 8:53 p.m., the Camden County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a call for service at a business located at 152 West US Highway 158. Reports say this location is locally known as Lamb’s Marina.

The caller advised officials that a man had entered the business requesting that they call 911 because he had killed his wife, detectives say. The man has been identified as William Maxwell Hampton.

As law enforcement and emergency medical services arrived on scene, they located an unconscious female aboard a moored vessel in the marina. The female, later identified as Carol Joan Hampton, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Injuries to the victim suggest blunt force trauma, but official cause of death is pending an autopsy report by the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Investigators from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Elizabeth City Police Department, Medical Examiner’s Office and District Attorney’s Office conducted a thorough investigation of the scene, collected evidence, and interviewed involved parties.

Subsequently, William Maxwell Hampton was arrested. A Camden County Magistrate found probable cause for the offense of Second Degree Murder.

Hampton was transported to the Albemarle District Jail in lieu of an imposed $2,000,000 secured bond.

Camden County Sheriff Kevin Jones told News 3 the sheriff's office believes William and Carol were married.

At this time, there is no further information to be released as the investigation continues.

Stay with News 3 for updates.