October 30, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Chandle Hobson pled guilty of murder and received a life sentence for killing his wife, Twonda Faye Thomas. Two of their children, ages nine and seven, witnessed the murder.
On February 25, 2007, the Madison County Sheriff’s office responded to a call regarding domestic abuse that was currently taking place at the family’s home. Upon their arrival, they found the victim lying face down on her knees bleeding from her head and back. She died from six shots from a .22 caliber rifle. Police also determined that she had been beaten prior to her death.
Law enforcement officers processed the crime scene and located two .22 caliber casings near the body in the driveway and a .22 caliber rifle in the defendant’s car that was parked in the driveway. The .22 caliber rifle was identified through ballistic tests as the murder weapon. Hobson was arrested by the Madison County Sheriff’s office that evening and Hobson admitted that he shot his wife.
The oldest child, age 20 at the time of the crime, arrived at the home to find his mother deceased and proceeded to assault the defendant prior to law enforcement arriving at the scene. Hobson was transported to the hospital for treatment and upon his release moved to the Madison County Jail.
Guest stated, “A home is supposed to be a place free from fear. That day, Hobson turned his house into a crime scene. For a husband to shoot his wife multiple times in front of their two children is a terrible act of violence that will forever scar his family.”
Guest concluded, “Hobson has now been convicted for his brutal rampage that killed his wife. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the children, who are also victims of this senseless crime.”