Covington County man turns himself in for murder 16 years ago

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Covington County authorities may have solved a 16-year-old murder case thanks to a man who says he found the lord and had to get it off his chest.

David Joe Stamps, 53, walked into the Booneville Police Department Monday and confessed to killing and burying a man in Covington County 16 years ago.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and Covington County deputies brought the suspect back to Covington County Tuesday where he showed them where the body was buried.

Sheriff Ben Ford said skeletal remains were found behind an old house off Lowery Road. Ford said the victim, who was 36 when he was killed, was never reported missing. He would not identify the victim.

Stamps lived in the Sumrall area at the time of the murder but soon left.  Sources said he has been in and out of prison since then. He is currently in the Covington County Jail.

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