Reports of a man acting strangely inside a movie theater led to the arrest of a suspect accused of murdering a mother of three.
Amanda Dakota Webster, 26, was found dead inside a hotel room in Florence, Kentucky on Saturday morning, according to a police press release.
"The cause of Mrs. Webster's death was suspicious, prompting a full investigation,” the cops noted.
Police soon learned that the hotel room belonged to a man named Jesse James, 32.
That same afternoon, police were called to a local movie theater because employees said a man was “acting strangely,” according to the press release. When police arrived, James allegedly gave them two false names in addition to fake information about himself before police discovered he was the James they were looking for.
He was taken into custody on charges of giving false identifying information and theft of identity. He was transported to the police station where he was interrogated about the woman found dead in his hotel room. Police claim he admitted to killing Webster inside his room very early Saturday.
In addition to the charges related to allegedly giving false information, he has now been charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.
James repeatedly said "not guilty" as a Boone County judge read the charges against him Monday, WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio reports. His aunt Mildred Scherder told the station James suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Police haven't confirmed the illness.
Aurelia Webster, aunt of Amanda Webster, said her niece moved to the area around three months ago. She was from Cameron in northern Arizona.
"Right now they don't believe it," the stunned aunt told WCPO-TV, speaking of the victim's relatives. "It's hard for us to actually say it's true. We're just kind of still in shock."
James' bail is set at $1 million. A public defender will be appointed.
[Photo: Florence Police Department]
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