Verble Killed With Hammer, Knife; Hook Charged With Murder

Verble Killed With Hammer, Knife; Hook Charged With Murder


A Salem man was charged this afternoon in the stabbing death that took place in Northeastern Washington County last night.

Chief Deputy Roger Newlon reports this afternoon that David L. Hook, 45, Salem, has been charged with murder.


Hook was also charged with being an habitual offender in connection with the death of Joey Verble, 46, Sellersburg.

Verble was found last night after police responded to a call around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 22. and found the victim dead on the ground near Mt. Eden Road and State Road 39, not far from Scott County.

According to Newlon, Verble had been struck multiple times in the head with a claw hammer and stabbed multiple times in the neck and chest resulting in his death. Police also located David Hook, 45, Salem and arrested him a short time later.

Newlon stated that Hook’s initial hearing will be Monday, August 26 at 10:30a in the Washington County Circuit Court.

Police are still investigating this crime.

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