Suspected killer in 1999 murder arrested again

Published: Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM.

Melissa Ash, who confessed to the 1999 murder of Hilton (Bobo) Sewell in Oak Grove, was arrested this past week by Gulf County Sheriff’s Office investigators.

Sewell was arrested and charged with murder in 1999 but was declared incompetent to stand trial and charges were dropped.

A co-defendant, Esmond Joseph, 20-years-old at the time, spent seven years in the Gulf County Jail and also spent time at the Chattahoochee State Facility.

Sewell was found dead in his home on Iola Street in Oak Grove during the afternoon of Oct. 5. He had been stabbed to death.

According to news reports at the time, former Gulf County Sheriff Frank McKeithen and investigators gathered information and interviewed 15-20 suspects before developing Ash and Joseph as suspects.

The investigation revealed the Ash and Joseph went to Sewell’s home with weapons. Ash allegedly stabbed Sewell and she and Joseph left the residence.

They confessed their involvement to investigators.

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