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Daughter charged with murder in death of Dean man

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

The daughter of a Dean-area man shot to death Sunday morning has been arrested for first-degree murder.


Jenna Cherish Dickerson, 26, of Wichita Falls, is accused of killing John Derek Hamlin, 46, sometime late Saturday night or Early Sunday morning.

Hamlin died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office took Dickerson into custody at about 6 p.m. Wednesday night, after asking the woman to come to the office. Dickerson’s bond is set at $250,000.

Sheriff’s deputies found the body of Hamlin inside his home at about 1:17 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. Deputies responded to the residence, at 4149 FM 2393, north of Dean, after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance.

The caller, then unidentified, said her “best friend had just shot her dad, and he is dying.” Deputies, state troopers and Dean first responders were dispatched.

When deputies arrived, two witnesses were interviewed and released, one of which was Dickerson. The other witness was Hamlin’s girlfriend, said Sheriff Kenny Lemons.

The deputy first to arrive on scene was flagged down by a woman later identified as the girlfriend of the victim. He found Hamlin in the master bedroom with a 22-caliber pistol nearby.

Dickerson told the deputy that Hamlin had been hitting his girlfriend. During a Nov. 14 interview with investigators from the Texas Rangers and the 97th District Attorney’s office, Dickerson said she cocked and pointed a pistol at her father as he was walking toward her, firing the gun one time.

According to court records, Hamlin had been charged with misdemeanor assault for a Jan. 24 incident, with a pending court date of Dec. 1.

Sheriff Kenny Lemons said that at this time there is no known motive.


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