Buried remains may be key to 1991 murder mystery - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Buried remains may be key to 1991 murder mystery

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Scott Dunn's headstone in the City of Lubbock Cemetery Scott Dunn's headstone in the City of Lubbock Cemetery
Roger "Scott" Dunn Roger "Scott" Dunn

In the City of Lubbock Cemetery, there is an empty grave with a headstone bearing Scott Dunn's name. If today's discovery of human remains near the Chaparral Apartments indeed point to Scott Dunn, as many are speculating, his family may finally be able to lay him to rest in that grave.

It's a case which baffled police, captured nationwide attention and has tortured a family for years.

24-year-old Scott Dunn was last seen on May 31st, 1991. The car stereo repair man called in sick to work and was never heard from again.

Dunn's roommate, Leisha Hamilton, told police that she'd seen him that morning before she left for work. Dunn's car and tools were found at his work place. People who knew him said it would be uncharacteristic for him to leave those behind.

Inside the apartment, police found traces of Dunn's blood everywhere, and it appeared as if someone tried to cover their tracks by cutting out a piece of carpet. After DNA tests, police came to the conclusion that there was no way Dunn could have survived with the amount of his blood that had been spilled.

Six years later, Hamilton and co-defendant Timothy James Smith were convicted of Dunn's murder, even though his body was never found. The prosecution said the two had beat Dunn to death and disposed of the body in an unknown location.

The prosecution presented evidence that Hamilton was angry because Dunn had become engaged to another woman and that Smith was in love with Hamilton.

Both Hamilton and Smith held tight to their innocence at the trial but were both convicted in 1997. Hamilton was sentenced to 20 years and remains behind bars at the Murray Unit in Gatesville, TX. Smith was sentenced to probation.

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