Police Asking Public’s Help Finding TV Taken From Homicide Scene

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

TEMPLE (April 12, 2013)—Temple police are asking the public to help find a television that was missing from the scene of a man’s murder.

The television, a black 47-inch Vizio E470VA model; 1080p, LCD, flat screen HDTV, was taken from a home where in March a Temple man was found dead, shot in the head.

Temple police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said in a statement issued Friday the television is missing from the home of murder victim Russell Hamby.

A Temple man found Hamby dead in his home in the 3100 block of Monroe Avenue at around 5:20 p.m. March 20 after responding to a report of a deceased person, police said.

A few days later police said Hamby died of a single gunshot wound to the head and said the death was being investigated as a homicide.

Anyone with information about the television or the homicide is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-501-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com or text BELLCO along with the tip to 274637.

Text HELP for help to 274637 or STOP to stop to 274637.

All information is confidential and callers can remain anonymous.

If a tip leads to the arrest of the suspect involved in this crime, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Hamby's body was sent to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas, which provided a preliminary report to police Friday.

Police think the weapon used in the shooting was a handgun, but would not say whether a gun was recovered at the scene.

Hamby had lived alone in the large house for about 10 years.

Neighbors said they noticed that Hamby's truck wasn't parked in the usual manner at the house, but police wouldn't say whether the vehicle had been moved or tampered with.


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