Murder suspect faces death penalty

Staff report


A Mahoning County grand jury indicted David N. Hackett on an aggravated-murder charge with death-penalty specifications in the stabbing death of Collena Carpenter of Homeworth in Columbiana County.

Carpenter’s body was found Oct. 14 by a city police officer on routine patrol along an access road to the Mahoning River near West Avenue in the vicinity of the city water department’s engineering division.

Carpenter, 30, who lived with Hackett, had been stabbed more than 60 times.

In addition to the capital-murder charge, Hackett, 51, of New York Avenue on the city’s North Side, was also indicted Thursday on two counts of kidnapping and one count of rape with repeat violent-offender specifications.

Hackett served a prison sentence for a 1978 homicide he committed as a 16-year-old. He has other convictions in other states, including Pennsylvania.

Police haven’t discussed a motive for the Carpenter slaying, nor have they said whether she was killed where her body was found, or killed elsewhere and dumped there.

Dr. Joseph Ohr, forensic pathologist and deputy Mahoning County coroner, estimated she had been dead for 12 to 18 hours before her body was found.

Hackett was arrested Oct. 16 on a parole violation, and his bond was set at $2 million at his initial appearance in municipal court.

Carpenter was Youngstown’s 13th homicide victim this year. The city had 26 homicides in all of 2012.

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