Smyrna Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Wife, Tells Police Where To Find Her Body

Smyrna – Cortez Hamilton, 35, of Smyrna, faces a prison sentence of 15 years to life after pleading guilty to Murder Second Degree for the 2015 killing of his wife.

Officials said Cortez Hamilton killed his wife, Keisha Hamilton, in January 2015 at their home south of Smyrna, and then fled to Indiana with their two children, where he was apprehended by the Indiana State Police after a nationwide Amber Alert.

As part of Cortez Hamilton’s January 19, 2018, guilty plea, he was required to provide the location of Keisha Hamilton’s body, which had not been found. At approximately 1:30 that afternoon, utilizing the information provided by Hamilton, State Police Detectives responded to Mount Friendship Road, north of Brenford Road and discovered human remains. Testing by the Division of Forensic Science is ongoing to positively identify the remains, according to officials.

Sentencing by a Superior Court judge is scheduled for March 28. Deputy Attorneys General Stephen Welch and Lindsay Taylor prosecuted the case, with an investigation by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit.

Human Skeletal Remains Found Near Smyrna

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