Convicted felon to spend life behind bars for Youngstown stabbing

David Hackett will not have the possibility of parole

David Hackett will not have the possibility of parole. 


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man found guilty of stabbing a woman over 80 times and then dumping her body in Youngstown will spend the rest of his life in prison.

David Hackett will not have the possibility of parole.

He was found guilty of aggravated murder, rape, and two kidnapping charges on Tuesday.

Hackett was accused of killing Collena Carpenter in 2013. She was found in a grass field across from the Youngstown Water Department’s office on West Avenue.

Investigators said Carpenter had been living with Hackett and another woman at the time, and Hackett was supplying her drugs. Authorities say Hackett killed Carpenter, possibly because she owed him money for drugs.

Friday in court, Carpenter’s mother, Connie, said her daughter was a great mom, a hard worker and had a great sense of humor.

“We just want you to know that she wasn’t just a drug addict. She was a daughter. She was a friend. She was a mom, and she was a really good person,” she said.

Hackett was on parole for aggravated murder and for an aggravated robbery in 1979 at the time of Carpenter’s murder.

“The defendant has been a menace to society over the years,” said Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamessa. “He’s picked up various charges. They’ve been dismissed, but he’s had plenty of parole violations over the years… In this case, it was pretty heinous and gruesome what he did to Collena Carpenter.”

Hackett represented himself during the trial and said while he’s sorry for what happened to the victim, he maintains his innocence.

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