The Sparta Police Department has charged a woman with accessory after the fact to murder in the death of Kadejuia Nichole Hamilton, 26, originally from Wilkes County but living in Sparta when she was reported missing in October.
Vanessa Mae Davis, 20, of 226 Peace Street, North Wilkesboro, was arrested and is in the Alleghany County Jail with a $250,000 secured bond.
Joshua Anthony Allen, 34, was arrested on a charge of murder filed by the Sparta Police Department in Hamilton's death in December and also remains in the Alleghany County Jail. His current address is also 226 Peace Street, North Wilkesboro and his former address is 1275 North Ridge Road, Roaring River.
The grandfather of Hamilton’s child, who lives in Alleghany, reported Hamilton missing to the Sparta Police Department on Oct. 16 after he and his wife weren’t able to make contact with her for several days.
Statements were obtained regarding Hamilton’s possible whereabouts during the ensuing investigation by the Sparta Police Department, Wilkes Sheriff’s Office, Wilkesboro Police Department and State Bureau of Investigation. A body found on Oct. 19 in the White Plains Road section of Roaring River was identified as Hamilton on Oct. 26.
A warrant charging Davis said there was probable cause that she knew Allen took Hamilton’s life and that she helped him attempt to escape arrest and punishment by moving and concealing Hamilton's body. The Sparta Police Department also charged Davis with abducting Hamilton's young son from Hamilton.
The Sparta Police Department's warrant for Davis' arrest said these offenses occurred between Oct. 11 and 15. Sparta Police Chief Bob Lane said Allen brought Hamilton's son to the child's grandparents in Alleghany.
Allen was already awaiting trial in Wilkes on charges of assault on a female, battery of an unborn child and habitual misdemeanor assault filed by the Wilkesboro Police Department in July 2020. Vanessa Davis, identified by police as the victim, said Allen assaulted her in a supermarket parking lot on Westwood Lane.
According to a Wilkesboro police report, Davis said Allen was her boyfriend. The report also said Davis was nine months pregnant and that Allen was the father. She was identified as the victim in an earlier case in which Allen was charged with assault on a female.
Allen was extradited from Horry County, S.C., to Sparta and charged with murder on Dec 18. He was in the Myrtle Beach Jail after being arrested on unrelated charges by the Surfside Beach Police Department on Oct. 17.
The Sparta Police Department also charged Allen with felony identity theft and felony obtaining property by false pretense in connection with the use of a food stamp card belonging to Hamilton. Warrants for these offenses indicate that the murder occurred on Oct. 10 or 11.
Authorities are also investigating the disappearance of Renee Ann Walker, 28, of Purlear. On July 9, Walker’s grandmother told a Wilkesboro officer that Walker was missing and that she hadn’t seen her since June 19.
According to a police report, Walker was staying at the Quality Inn in Wilkesboro and checked out of the motel on June 29. She is a 2010 graduate of West Wilkes High School.