Selma man gets 20 years for 2011 murder

Published 11:03 pm Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Selma man was sentenced to 20 years in jail Wednesday on charges stemming from a 2011 murder.

Joseph Howell, 41, 3574 Dallas County Road 6, Selma, was sentenced to 10 years for abuse of a corpse and 10 years for hindering prosecution in connection with the murder of 71-year old Jimmy Davenport.

Natasha Davenport pled guilty in October to murdering her father and disposing of the body. The body of her father hasn’t been found.

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Fourth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Michael Jackson said the murder was gruesome and he hopes the body’s location is eventually disclosed.

“Unfortunately for the poor victim, his body was never found,” Jackson said. “Hopefully Natasha and Joseph will decide to do the right thing and let the authorities know where the body is while they sit in prison.”

According to investigator’s reports, Davenport and her father got into an argument while she was watching a movie.

Davenport walked back to her father’s bedroom after the argument and found him packing his bags, according to reports.

A hatchet fell on the floor while her father attempted to pack a pillow.

Davenport’s father asked her to return the hatchet and he pulled out a pocketknife. The argument continued and Davenport allegedly hit her father in the head with the hatchet.

Davenport then pushed her father back onto the bed, straddled him and allegedly stabbed him with the pocketknife, according to reports.

Davenport told investigators she covered most of his body with a trash bag, rolled him in a blanket and went back to her movie.

Davenport and Joseph Wayne Hall, who is also charged in the murder, tell different stories about how they disposed of the body.

Howell said the pair waited one day and threw the body into a ravine.

Davenport said they waited three to four days and threw the body over a cliff.