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Man Charged With Cold Case Murder Of Adoptive Parents In 2010

William Roger Campbell has been charged in the 2010 slaying of William Campbell and Ina Campbell. 

By Dorian Geiger
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A cold case investigation of a Tennessee couple's slaying has ended after more than a decade with the arrest of their 63-year-old adopted son hundreds of miles from their home. 

William Roger Campbell was arrested by Lowndes County deputies at his residence in Georgia last month in connection with the 2010 slaying of his adoptive parents William Campbell, 82, and Ina Campbell, 81.

He’s since been extradited back to Clarksville, Tennessee. Campbell has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, online court filings show.

On Jan. 29, 2010, police found the couple deceased in the bedroom of their Jackson Road home, according to a Clarksville Police Department press release. They’d both sustained a single gunshot wound to their heads. 

“These were innocent victims,” Detective Keenan Carlton of the Clarksville Police Department Special Operations Homicide Unit told Nashville station WKRN-TV. “These were people who were beloved by their community. They lived in their neighborhood for a number of years. Their neighbors loved them and they’re all happy to see some resolution.” 

At the time of the double murder, law enforcement stated that Campbell quickly became a person of interest. Campbell, however, wouldn’t cooperate with detectives investigating the case and provided “several inconsistencies.” He was reportedly the last person to see them alive. 

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“Most of the pieces were already there,” Carlton added. “Like I said, from the initial investigation. Several of those detectives that worked have since retired. And I know this was a case that they deeply cared about. We were able to put the final piece together to ultimately get some resolution.”

Investigators had then speculated the Campbells’ killer likely knew them since no disturbances were reported by neighborhood residents as coming from the home on the night of the killings. 

“I think a case that took this long to solve, I think it gives hope to some of the other families that haven’t seen justice in their loved one’s case and lets them know that the police department is still going to constantly search for answers and justice in their loved one’s case,” Carlton stated.

In 2018, police, who were still monitoring Campbell, said he stood to “gain financially” from his parents' killing.

Local residents described William Campbell and Ina Campbell as caring neighbors.

“I had a key to their house,” Daniel Champagne told WKRN-TV in 2018. “I was basically like a son to them. They were my second mom and dad. How could somebody do something like that and walk away and never think about it?”

No motive has been released by officials.

Clarksville Police are also actively investigating the cold case of Felcia Carson, who was stabbed 72 times at her home in 1996.

Campbell was indicted following a grand jury review of the case last June, ClarksvilleNow.com reported. His arraignment is scheduled for July 29 at 9 a.m., according to court records. He was booked into a Montgomery County detention center on July 10. His bond was set at $500,000.

Clarksville Police Department didn't immediately respond to Oxygen.com's questions surrounding the case on Tuesday.

Anyone with information related to the murders of William and Ina Campbell is encouraged to submit an anonymous tip to Clarksville Crime Stoppers by calling 931-645-8477 or by contacting Clarksville Police Department’s Special Operations Homicide Unit at 931-648-0656 ext. 5042.

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