Camden man had business call 911, said he had just killed his wife, sheriff’s office says

North Carolina

William Maxwell Hampton

CAMDEN, N.C. (WAVY) — The Camden County Sheriff’s Office says a man went to a Camden business on Thursday morning and urged those inside to call 911 — he had just killed his wife on a boat docked nearby, the man told them.

The incident happened just before 9 a.m. Thursday morning at Lamb’s Marina on US 158 in Camden, the sheriff’s office says.

When law enforcement arrived after getting the 911 call, they found an unconscious elderly woman on a boat docked at the marina. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and later identified as Carol Joan Hampton.

The case was originally listed as a suspicious death on Thursday, but authorities say after an investigation they arrested Hampton’s husband, William Maxwell Hampton, and charged him with second-degree murder. He’s been taken to the Albemarle District jail and received a $2 million secured bond.

Authorities believe Carol Hampton’s injuries appear to be from blunt force trauma, though the sheriff’s office says they’re still awaiting an autopsy.

The sheriff’s office says no other information in the case is available at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.

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