First day of Hambel double murder trial concludes

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The first day of Washington County's new justice center's first trial concluded just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Jurors heard from both lead attorneys Prosecutor Dustin Houchin and defense attorney Mark Clark on the case wherein Joe Hambel, 30, is being accused of killing his cousin, Valerie Dicus, 37, and her boyfriend, Joe Hobson, 36, last August.

Jurors heard testimony from Tonya Blevins, the 911 dispatcher who took the frantic phone call early in the morning on Aug. 20, 2016, and Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigator Sergeant Philip D'Angelo. After a recess at lunchtime, Salem Police Lieutenant Chad Webb was called to the stand to testify about what he saw and photographed when he arrived after being dispatched to the scene following the 911 call. The last two witnesses were Seth and Logan Shelton, Dicus' half-brothers who were living at the home with Dicus and their father, Tony Shelton. They were awakened by the sound of gunfire, but did not see any shots fired or who may have shot the gun that killed Dicus and Hobson.

Look for more details in tomorrow's Salem Democrat.

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