- Jan 20
Three Arrested in the Murder of Ramon Walker
The Martinsburg Police Department has announced the arrest of three individuals who have been charged with the murder of Mr. Ramon Walker, who was found deceased in his apartment on January 12, 2017. Mr. Kevin C. Hamill of Winchester, VA (DOB: 2/16/1989), Ms. Courtney L. Hamill of Inwood, WV (DOB: 6/28/1998), and Ms. Destiny A. Baker of Martinsburg, WV (DOB: 8/27/1997) have each been charged with single counts of First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, and Conspiracy. Mr. Hamill has also been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. All three were taken into custody subsequent to a joint operation conducted by the Martinsburg Police Department, West Virginia State Police, Frederick County (VA) Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Marshals Service.
On the morning of January 13, 2017, after Martinsburg Police Department detectives and officers processed the crime scene at 429 North Western Avenue, it was determined that items had been removed from Mr. Walker’s residence including his wallet, cell phone, and vehicle. The vehicle was immediately entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. At approximately 6:00 a.m., the Clarke County (VA) Sheriff’s Office notified MPD that the victim’s vehicle had been located in Boyce, VA and had been set on fire. It was also determined later that day by the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Officer in Charleston that the victim had died as the result of a homicide.
On January, 17, 2017 MPD detectives developed information implicating Kevin Hamill, Courtney Hamill, and Destiny Baker in the murder of Ramon Walker. The witness advised that Ms. Hamill had previously been in a relationship with the victim and knew he dealt drugs and possessed items of value. The three defendants allegedly went to Mr. Walker’s residence intending to rob him, however the attempted robbery did not go as planned and Mr. Hamill shot Mr. Walker with a handgun.
Later on the evening of January 17th, an additional witness met with MPD detectives and advised that Destiny Baker had told them the same account of the murder. A recorded conversation was later obtained from one of the defendants and provided to police.
On Thursday, January 19th, Martinsburg Police Department Captain Kevin Miller obtained warrants for the arrest of Kevin Hamill, Courtney Hamill, and Destiny Baker. MPD detectives also began coordinating with other agencies to determine the safest possible plan for taking these three individuals into custody.
Early this morning (January 20th), special response teams from the West Virginia State Police and Fredrick County Sheriff’s Office assisted by MPD detectives, Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force members, and Unites States Marshalls conducted simultaneous operations at two residences where the defendants were known to reside. Kevin Hamill was apprehended in Frederick County, VA, Destiny Baker was apprehended at a residence just outside of Martinsburg, and Courtney Hamill subsequently turned herself in to authorities.
Chief Maury Richards praised the work of all the law enforcement officials involved, stating, “When this crime was discovered, we had almost nothing to go on, but our patrol officers and detectives solved this case in record time. Their level of professionalism, skill and teamwork was absolutely amazing.”
Deputy Chief George Swartwood echoed Chief Richards’s praise of the involved personnel, stating, “We want to thank the West Virginia State Police Special Response Team, the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Sheriff Lenny Millholland and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, The U.S. Marshals Service, the Office of the Attorney General in Virginia, and of course our own detectives; Captain Kevin Miller, Sergeant Adam Albaugh, and Corporal Jared Luciano; for the incredible work that they’ve put in today and throughout this investigation to make our community a safer place.”