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Son now charged in murder of his parents in Huntersville

Hamilton in a South Carolina jail this weekend. Hamilton in a South Carolina jail this weekend.
David William Hamilton David William Hamilton

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - David Hamilton, the Huntersville man police suspected of stabbing his parents to death was brought back to Mecklenburg County Monday and charged with their murder.

Huntersville Police detectives picked up Hamilton from the Horry County jail Monday afternoon.

Hamilton was arrested in Myrtle Beach several hours after the bodies of his parents were discovered. Hamilton brought back to Huntersville Monday nightfrom Myrtle Beach and charged with two counts of first degree murder.

 Detectives say he fatally stabbed his parents James and Stephanie Hamilton last month...not long after he was released from a mental hospital.

Last April, the Secret Service says David Hamilton broke into the German embassy in Washington DC and threatened to kill the president.

David Hamilton had been held as a person of interest in his parents deaths. But is now charged.

He makes his first court appearance Tuesday.

Stephanie Boardman Hamilton, 55, and James Ralph Hamilton, 73, were found dead in their home on Centennial Commons Parkway in Huntersville's Centennial neighborhood around 1:10 p.m. on Friday.

According to our Raycom sister station WMBF, 36-year old David Hamilton was taken into custody when he was located in Myrtle Beach without incident.

At a bond hearing in September, Hamilton showed little emotion and only spoke to answer questions from the judge. 

"There's not a great likelihood that I'm going to release you on bond but I would be happy if you wish to tell me anything about yourself, I'd be happy to consider that," Judge Scott Long said.

"I don't think I want anything for myself, Your Honor," Hamilton said.

Judge Long denied Hamilton bond and Hamilton waived his right to an extradition hearing saying, "I think Your Honor that I would like to be picked up."

Hamilton lived at the home on Centennial Commons Parkway where the murders took place.

Multiple sources say it was the couple's daughter, who is also Hamilton's sister, who found them dead.

Some neighbors said Hamilton has had his share of emotional challenges.

"He was having some issues. They were trying to work it out and deal with it. So I'm not sure if this had anything to do with it or not, and I know there is a daughter, she's always been great with my kids," said Melanie Stankiewicz.

Sources tell WBTV Hamilton was arrested by the Secret Service in Washington DC in early April after jumping the fence of the German Embassy.

He reportedly had a backpack and the bomb squad was called out to make sure it wouldn't explode. 

Court records also show Hamilton later spent time in a mental institution, but was released a few months ago.  After that he moved in with his parents at the home where the murders happened.

"He was charged by the North Carolina parole and probation division and their the ones who issued the warrant," Richmond said."We're still trying to put together whether he is a suspect or not. He's just a person of interest right now.

Neighbors say James Hamilton was confined to a wheelchair. 

Mental health experts say it's difficult to understand what motivates someone to commit murder, but often there are warning signs. 

"Parents, teachers, friends, family, anyone should be looking for that, a change of mood, whether they are very irritable or angry, depressed, or abusing drugs," said Heather Stehberger, a therapist with Youth Villages.

Stehberger says not seeking the proper medical attention is dangerous.

"We want to intervene very early, because we don't want it to get that bad," she said.

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