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Man Charged in Knoxville Death of Young Alabama Woman

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Knoxville police charged a teenager in the death of a former Alabama homecoming queen whose body was found
in a lake.

Police spokesman Darrell Debusk said 19-year-old Valentino Vasquez Miranda was charged with first-degree felony murder on Wednesday morning in the killing of 21-year-old Jennifer Lee Hampton.

DeBusk said Miranda has been held in jail since Sept. 27, when
he was arrested for forgery.

The murder charge was filed four days after Hampton's body was identified and 12 days after the young woman from Waterloo, Ala., disappeared from a local motel.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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