Kidnapping victim stabs captor in Johnston Co.

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. -- Violence has touched the small Johnston County community of Pontotoc. Robin Beal has the startling new details.

It took Chickasaw Nation police investigators more than 24 hours to confirm what some people already knew.

Presley Hamilton, 37, was stabbed to death Monday morning. Police say after he kidnapped his estranged girlfriend and then held her captive in an abandoned home, she allegedly stabbed Hamilton in the chest.

It all happened in the small community of Pontotoc shortly before 10 a.m. on Monday. Investigators identified the kidnapping victim as 36-year-old Alice Pittman of Connerville and believe she was the one who stabbed Hamilton to death, grabbing his pocket knife after he threatened to kill her.

Hamilton had been on the run from authorities for quite some time and had an extensive criminal record. We found offenses dating back to 1998 ranging from driving under the influence to escaping arrest to weapons and drug charges.

In researching public court papers involving Hamilton, we also discovered a protective order filed against him six years ago in Pontotoc County. That protective order was requested by the woman who police say ultimately ended his life.

A press release received Tuesday afternoon has the details of an apparent homicide investigation that has been ongoing since Monday in the small Johnston County town of Pontotoc.

On Monday April 7, 2007 at approximately 9:58 a.m., the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office requested the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police Department respond to a possible domestic disturbance that occurred at a residence on Indian land near Pontotoc in rural Johnston County. Lighthorse Investigators responded to the Pontotoc residence where Presley Scott Hamilton, 37, was pronounced dead as a result of two knife wounds to his chest. Hamilton’s body was taken by the Medical Examiner’s office to Oklahoma City for an autopsy.

Investigators interviewed 36-year-old Alice Lynne Pittman, who said Hamilton, her ex-boyfriend, kidnapped her from her Connerville residence during the early morning hours. She said he then forced her to drive to an abandoned home where he held her captive and threatened to kill her. Pittman stated she grabbed Hamilton’s pocket knife and stabbed him in the chest in an attempt to escape. She then called 9-1-1 and reported the incident to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

Hamilton was wanted on federal and state warrants. Case details will be forwarded to the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office. The Lighthorse Police were assisted by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Connerville Fire Department.

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