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Fayetteville couple involved in fatal shooting had history of domestic violence

Posted June 29, 2015

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— A Fayetteville man killed over the weekend in an apparent domestic dispute had been charged three times with domestic violence since the beginning of 2014, according to court records.

Vlowski Hampton, 28, was shot early Sunday in his home at 5674 Bear Creek Circle. His wife, Eva Lynn Hampton, 35, has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Police said Eva Hampton drove to the Fayetteville Police Department with her gun and calmly told an officer what she had done.

According to court documents, she said she and her husband got into a dispute that turned into a physical fight inside the home. They briefly calmed down, and her husband left the room, she told police.

Eva Hampton then took a handgun she had hidden in the fireplace and moved the gun to the sofa, she told police.

The fight resumed a short time later, she said, and Vlowski Hampton started beating her from behind and choking her. She pulled the gun from the couch, told him not to come closer and shot him when he charged at her, she told police.

Neighbor Randy Bryant called the shooting a tragedy.

"That's no way to deal with the situation," Bryant said. "If you can't get along, then move on. Life is too short for this kind of tragedy."

Eva Hampton was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $350,000 bond.


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  • Stephan Patterson Jul 1, 2015
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    This woman is an ex of mine and I still love her to this day and it saddens me to hear that her relationship with her abusive husband has come to this I tried to help her but after our breakup I guess she went back to him and its resulted in this! I pray for her and I know this was in self defense because I've seen the abuse this man has put on her and the emotional strain she has gone through! I hope justice finds out the truth and she is found to have acted in self defense! God bless her

  • Jewel Lee Jun 30, 2015
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    She did society a favor.. "If you can't get along then move on" says the neighbor. 1) It is easier said than done. 2) The next woman would have been his next victim.. Mrs Eva saved any future women from falling victim to the hands of this abuse. I hope that she has a good support system of loved ones and that he didn't isolate her from any connections with people who cared.

  • Brittany Brewington Jun 30, 2015
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    The neighbor's comment really is insulting to all women who have been exposed to domestic violence. You cannot just up and leave, it does not work that way. Praying for her. Hopefully she will not be convicted, if she has then the justice system has failed her again.

  • Brandy Lee Jun 30, 2015
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    It is not uncommon to be charged. She will have a trial and if the evidence shows it, she will be found not guilty. The fact that when the argument calmed down, she moved the gun to where she could more easily access it rather than leave is probably one of the main reasons she was charged at all.
    And I agree, she was a victim and this looks like self defense, but you can't ignore she chose not to leave but instead go and get her gun.
    And to the gentleman that said "guess she is not the right victim"... Wow, really? Why jump there. My mom is white, she killed my dad in self defense DV situation and was ALSO charged, tried and found NOT guilty, but again, she was charged.

  • Gabrielle Williams Jun 30, 2015
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    sounds like self defense to me. she said back up. he didn't. He was choking her.

  • Bobby Caudle Jun 30, 2015
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    you go girl

  • John Banks Jun 29, 2015
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    Hopefully after everything comes out, they will let this young lady go. No man should EVER beat a woman.

  • Amy LaFluer Jun 29, 2015
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    No I agree she is a victim....Praying for her...

  • Lee McNeill Jun 29, 2015
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    This is clearly self defense but I guess she is not the right victim.