Clarksville, TN

Adopted son charged in murder of elderly Clarksville couple

Wess Haubrich
William Roger CampbellMontgomery County Jail

Alleged killer William Roger Campbell is 63.

The adopted son of a Clarksville Tennessee couple has been charged with their brutal 2010 double murder.

William Roger Campbell, age 63, was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the 2010 shooting deaths of William Campbell, age 82, and his wife Ina Campbell, age 81 as they slept in their house at 201 Jackson Road. Investigators arrived on the scene around 7:00 PM. For medical reasons, the Campbells slept in separate beds.

A neighbor named Daniel Champagne would find the bodies the night of the double murder. In 2018, he told a In Nashville-area news station, “I was basically like a son to them. Like I said, they were my second mom and dad.”

Meanwhile, another neighbor of the Campbell couple thought something was up when the elder William would not answer his phone, so he reached out to Champagne to check on them.

The couple were found executed in their beds in with a single gunshot wound to the head and the house was ransacked. Ina still had the oxygen tube in that she needed when sleeping. The case ultimately went cold – until now – as William Roger Campbell stands indicted before a Tennessee grand jury.

Campbell was arrested without incident at his home in Lowndes County, Georgia. He was swiftly extradited back to Clarksville where he is behind bars at the Montgomery County jail.

Nevertheless, law enforcement had suspected the couple’s adopted son as a suspect from day one. They just did not have evidence to make their case against him.

Investigators still recognize that they need more info – details – to proceed with this case. If you know anything about the Campbell slayings, investigators ask that you call Clarksville area Crime Stoppers at 931-645-8477.

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