Dateline: August 21, 2008
Co. resident murdered
Ham, age 40, is accused of killing
48-year-old Darrel Wayne Randell, both long-time residents of Turkey,
Texas, according to DPS Trooper Dan Hawthorne.
Hamm was magistrated by Justice of
the Peace Cody Bell who set his bond at $500,000.
On Friday, August 15, the Hall
County Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding a possible aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon on the South West side of Turkey around 10:00
“Hall County Deputy Sheriff Tom
Heck responded to the call Friday night and is currently investigating the
crime, along with Texas Rangers from the Texas DPS Ranger Division,”
Upon arriving at the scene of the
crime, Heck observed Randell’s body lying on the ground. Heck observed
pools of blood around the head area of Randell, as well as the abdomen
Heck reported that Hamm was
leaning on the driver side of his pickup and he was crying and appeared to
be very upset.
Heck also stated that after Hamm
was secured, Heck found a handgun on the ground approximately 30 yards
east of where Hamm had been standing.
Witnesses of the shooting
identified Hamm as the one who shot Randell.
Justice of the Peace Bell arrived
at the scene and pronounced Randell dead.
“My condolences go out to the
victim’s family members and friends, as well as the residents of Turkey
who were affected by this offense.” said Luke Inman, 100th Judicial
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