Dayton man guilty of murdering sister-in-law in 2016

James Leo Hamrick, 56, of Dayton, found guilty in the murder of sister-in-law, Toni Marie Davis. Lyon County Sheriff's Office photograph.
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YERINGTON, Nev. (KOLO)-- A Dayton man is guilty of murdering his sister-in-law in 2016, a Lyon County jury decided Thursday.

Sentencing for James Leo Hamrick, 56, on a charge of first degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon will be set later in the Third Judicial District Court.

The Lyon County District Attorney’s Office announced the verdict Thursday after a week-long trial.

Hamrick shot Toni Marie Davis, 60, in the head on April 28, 2016. Authorities searched for her body for three weeks before finding her in the Virginia Range. About the same time another search found the murder weapon.

Hamrick had been at Home with Davis when she was last seen alive. His brother, who is also her husband, returned home on April 28, 2016, to find both of them gone.

“We hope that this verdict will help bring some closure to the spouse, family and friends of the victim in this case,” Lyon County District Attorney Stephen Rye said in a statement. “Law enforcement worked diligently to locate the victim and bring this case to prosecution so that Hamrick could be held responsible for this crime.”


Toni Marie Davis, 60, murdered by James Leo Hamrick, 56.