According to court documents, a 21-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Samantha Myers. Myers' body was discovered in a Richmond ravine in March.
While in court on July 16, Selena Hairston unexpectedly pleaded guilty to the charge of second-degree murder. She was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 23 suspended. She will likely spend 17 years behind bars.
When the body was discovered in March, Richmond Police were initially unable to identify the 21-year-old Myers, and released a sketch of the victim and photos of distinctive tattoos on her body to the public.
Myers’ 40-year-old stepsister, Yvette Hairston, and 21-year-old stepniece, Selena Hairston, both faced charges in connection with her murder. Yvette Hairston was charged with murder and Selena Hairston was charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
According to an affidavit, Yvette Hairston admitted to killing Myers in an upstairs bedroom of her home on the 1300 block of Evert Avenue. before hiding her body in a closet in an adjacent room. The document also states that Hairston researched how to clean up blood online before heading to Walmart to purchase items needed to dispose of her stepsister’s body. She allegedly dumped the body early the next morning. Search warrants also reveal that an iPad, laptop and hammer, among other items, were seized from Hairston’s home.
A third person was charged in connection with Myers' murder, 25-year-old Jamarr Rodney Hursey.
In April, the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 25-year-old Hursey, of the 2400 block of Brady Street. The Richmond Police Department charged him with conspiracy to commit murder.
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