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Chesapeake woman gets life in husband’s 2017 murder

September 20, 2018

Tina M. Campbell, 44, of Chesapeake, admitted stabbing her husband 35 times and stuffing his body in a basement refrigerator and was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday.

IRONTON — A Chesapeake woman admitted stabbing her husband 35 times and stuffing his body in a basement refrigerator and was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, according to Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson.

Tina M. Adkins Campbell, 44, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and tampering with evidence concerning the death of her husband, David Adkins, in their home at 603 Rockwood Ave., Chesapeake, on March 26, 2017.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Charles “Chuck” Cooper sentenced her to life in prison with parole eligibility after 20 years. Campbell has been in custody for about 18 months.

“We will oppose any application for parole,” Anderson said. “We believe a life sentence is warranted based on the brutal nature of the attack and because she stored his body in her basement refrigerator for four days.”

He said that Campbell also bought an ax and he believes she was going to chop up the body.

Campbell’s defense counsel, Mike Davenport and Jason Smith, contacted the prosecutor’s office saying Campbell was ready to plead guilty in the case.

A relative of the victim spoke during final sentencing about the heartache the murder of David Adkins has caused their family.

Campbell earlier this year pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and planned to use a defense of battered woman’s syndrome in the case.

She was found competent to stand trial last month. The case had been set for trial Oct. 1.

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