Stamps bond set at $1.25 million on charge of murder

COLLINS – The Covington County Sheriff’s Office is holding David Lee Stamps on a charge of murder, with bond set Wednesday at $1.25 million.
Stamps, 53, confessed Monday to Booneville police officials that he had killed a friend in Covington County in 1994.
Stamps was charged after leading Covington County sheriff’s investigators and agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics on Tuesday to the site where he said he had buried the body, sheriff’s spokeswoman Angie Diehl said in a press release.
Stamps took investigators to the abandoned house on Lowery Road where lived 16 years ago, and there an MBI crime scene unit discovered the skeletal remains, Diehl said.
Stamps went to the Booneville Police Department on Monday morning where he confessed to the killing, said investigator Capt. Michael Ramey.
After hearing his story, Ramey said the Booneville Police Department contacted Covington County, which sent officers to pick Stamps up Monday afternoon.
Though Ramey declined to give specifics, Covington County officials reportedly have said Stamps told them his confession came as the result of a religious conversion, and he wanted to unburden a guilty conscience.
The victim will not be named until positively identified and next of kin can be notified, Diehl said. However, no missing person report had been filed on the person Stamps named as his victim.
Stamps remains in Covington County Jail.

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