Dayton man found guilty in murder of 60-year-old woman

James Leo Hamrick (Photo: Lyon County Jail)

A 56-year-old Dayton man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a 60-year-old woman, according to the Lyon County District Attorney.

Stephen Rye announced Thursday, Sept. 14, that a jury convicted James Leo Hamrick on charges of first-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon and destruction of evidence.

Prosecutors said Hamrick murdered Toni Marie Davis at their Dayton home on April 28, 2016.

Hamrick's brother, who was the husband of Davis, visited the house in Dayton a short time later and discovered both were gone. Davis was reported missing to local authorities, and the Lyon County Sheriff's Office and Nevada Division of Investigations began investigating.

After nearly three weeks of searching, law enforcement officers found the body of Davis, according to prosecutors. Hamrick was arrested and charged with murder.

Authorities alleged he hid the body and a small caliber handgun, identified as the murder weapon.

A sentencing date has not been determined.

"We hope that this verdict will help bring some closure to the spouse, family and friends of the victim in this case," Rye said in a statement. "Law enforcement worked diligently to locate the victim and bring this case to prosecution so that Hamrick could be held responsible for this crime."

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