YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A verdict has been reached in a Youngstown murder case.
David Hackett is guilty of aggravated murder, rape, and two kidnapping charges. A jury reached the verdict on Tuesday afternoon.
“The relief that we have is that he will never be able to harm another person ever again. It won’t bring her back, but at least it will protect other innocent people,” said Connie Carpenter, the victim’s mother.
Hackett was accused of killing Collena Carpenter in October of 2013. Her body was found in a grass field across from the Youngstown Water Department’s office on West Avenue.
She had been stabbed 81 times.
Hackett represented himself in the case.
“The defendant argued that it was a botched investigation, but I haven’t seen this much evidence in a long time,” said Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamessa.
That evidence included DNA, phone records, search warrants, and the matter of his past. Cantalamessa said Hackett was already on parole for aggravated murder and for an aggravated robbery in 1979 at the time of Collena Carpenter’s murder.
Monday in court, Carpenter’s family said even though she had drug problems, she did not deserve to be murdered.
Investigators said Carpenter had been living with Hackett and another woman at the time, and Hackett was her supplier. Authorities say Hackett killed Carpenter, possibly because she owed him money for drugs.
On Tuesday, Connie Carpenter, said she is pleased with the verdict.
“He’s been so arrogant through all this,” she said. “He’s finally been proven that he’s not who he tries to represent himself to be.”
Cantalamessa said he faces a lengthy prison sentence.
“No matter what the judge sentences him to, he’s never going to see the light of day.”