A Pontotoc County man accused of murdering his wife on New Year’s Day 2012 has entered a blind plea agreement in District Court.
Johnny Quinn Campbell, 40, of Byng will return for a sentencing hearing at 1 p.m. Sept. 19. He agreed to allow the district judge to set his sentence in the murder of Jennifer Campbell with a 30-30 rifle.
The couple had allegedly been arguing when Jennifer told Johnny to put his rifle in another room.
Johnny Campbell told investigating officers he started to move the weapon to the spare bedroom when something inside him “snapped,” resulting in his decision to turn around and shoot his wife in the upper left torso.
Campbell entered the blind-plea agreement July 25.
Since Campbell admitted guilt on the morning of his arrest, the sentencing hearing is expected to center on whether he should receive life imprisonment or life without parole.
The couple’s son, Quinn Campbell, contacted Central Dispatch after hearing two gunshots in the living room. He rushed out of the bathroom to find his mother lying on the floor, and bleeding.
Quinn later told police that his father had told him to get his sister, Madison, and go to their grandparents’ house.
Law enforcement arrived at 12:35 a.m. and attempted to give Jennifer Campbell medical aid, but she had already died, according to a signed affidavit.
No one else was found in the residence.
Investigators found two spent shells on the dining room floor. Medical Examiner Leroy Johnson ruled that Jennifer Campbell died of a single gunshot wound to the upper left portion of the torso.
Johnny Campbell was located in a nearby wooded field and transported to Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. Campbell waived his Miranda rights.
The deputy investigator arrived and conducted an audio/video recording of the suspect’s statement.