The Houston County District Attorney's office says investigators have charged a man with a 15-year-old cold-case murder.
According to a news release from DA Rabb Wilkerson, the Houston grand jury today indicted 43-year-old David Ray Hallmon, a Texas prison inmate, with murdering Diane Campbell.
Her body was found in June 1995 in woods behind the Admiral Benbow Inn on Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins. Campbell, 42, died from a blow to the head.
Hallmon today was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.
Wilkerson's news release credited the work of Sgt. Al Elvins and Lt. Jon Holland of the Houston County sheriff's department.
"He admitted knowledge of the homicide to his sister, brother and nephew," said Elvins. He says family members reported that Hallmon just blurted out that he had killed someone as the family sat on their front porch.
Elvins says Hallmon's sister decided to report her brother after he was charged with attempted murder in San Antonio, Texas.
According to Elvins, the tip first went to police in Marietta, Georgia because of the Dobbins Air Force Base. After authorities there determined the case didn't belong to them, it was sent to Houston County.
After receiving the tip, Elvins says they traveled to Bessemer, Alabama to interview the family. They then headed to San Antonio to speak with Hallmon himself.
"He did not admit he did not deny," said Elvins.
Though the investigator say Hallmon did admit to drug use in 1995. He says Hallmon and his brother were temporarily in the area doing contracted work at the Robins Air Force Base. He says the two were both staying at the Admiral Benbow Inn.
No court date has been set for Hallmon, who's in jail in Texas on unrelated charges. Elvins says Hallmon remains in custody for attempted murder charges in Texas.