Hamilton sentencing delayed to April 11

Cortez A. Hamilton

DOVER — Sentencing of a Smyrna man convicted of murdering his wife three years ago was delayed Wednesday morning at the defense’s request.

Cortez A. Hamilton will be facing 15 years to life in prison when sentenced on April 11 in Kent County Superior Court.

Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. earlier accepted a second-degree murder plea involving the death of Keisha Hamilton, who went missing on Jan. 9, 2015.

Indicted charges not further prosecuted included possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Hamilton and the couple’s two children ages four years and four months were located in Indiana soon after 35-year-old Keisha being reported missing by family members. An Amber Alert was in place when Indiana State Police stopped the vehicle driven by Hamilton, then 32 years old.

According to investigators, a bloody hammer and bloody clothing belonging to Mrs. Hamilton was found during a search warrant execution involving the vehicle. Other items entered into evidence included her wedding ring, a lock of hair, her purse and cell phone.

Deputy Attorney General Stephen R. Welch prosecuted the case, with attorney John R. Garey representing the defendant.

The Delaware State Police located human skeletal remains at Mount Friendship Road north of Brenford Road just prior to Hamilton’s guilty plea.

Court documents earlier indicated that Hamilton was being held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna. He was extradited to Delaware on Jan. 22, 2015 and indicted on April 6, 2015.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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