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Burlington man arrested, charged with murder, in killing of Arizona woman at Florence hotel

NKyTribune staff

A Burlington man has been charged with murder in the death of an Arizona woman killed Saturday morning.


Florence Police say Jesse James, 32, admitted to killing Amanda D. Webster, 26, after he was arrested at the Rave Cinemas on Mall Road in Florence for giving false identifying information and theft of identity.

Webster, of Cameron, Arizona, was found deceased in a hotel room at the Home 2 Suites in Florence, by officers responding to a call of an unresponsive female.

Florence Police determined James to be the registrant of the room. Police say in a later interview James admitted to killing Webster.

He is lodged in the Boone County Detention Center, charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, and giving false identifying information.

No other details are available at this time.

Florence Police released the following statement regarding the incident:

 On 12-01-18 at 11:51AM, Florence Police officers were dispatched to Home 2 Suites in reference to an unresponsive female inside a hotel room.  Upon arrival, officers found a female, later identified as Amanda D. Webster 26 years of age of Cameron, Arizona, deceased inside of the hotel room. 

The cause of Mrs. Webster’s death was suspicious, prompting a full investigation.

Through investigation, it was discovered a subject named Jesse A. James 32 years of age from Burlington, KY was the registered renter of the room.  At approximately 2:05PM Florence Police officers were dispatched to Rave Cinemas located at 7860 Mall Road Florence, KY in reference to a male subject acting strangely according to employees.

When Florence Police Officers Tara Ruschell and Grant Byers made contact with this male, the male gave officers two false names and identifying information.  Through investigation, this male was found to be Jesse A. James who was the registrant of the hotel room at Home 2 Suites.  

As a result, Jesse A. James was arrested for giving false identifying information and theft of identity.  

James was transported to the Florence Police Department where he was interviewed by Florence Police Detective Pat Cottingham about the incident at Home 2 Suites.  During this interview, Jesse James admitted to killing Amanda Webster inside of the hotel room in the early morning hours of 12-01-18. 

As a result of information obtained through the investigation and the confession of killing Mrs. Webster by Jesse James, Jesse A. James was also arrested for murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Jesse A. James was transported and lodged in the Boone County Jail.

Arrested:  Jesse A. James M/W

                 32 years of age

                 Burlington, KY 41005

Charges:  Murder

                Tampering with Physical Evidence

                Giving False Identifying Information

                Theft of Identity 


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One Comment

  1. Shirley Taylor says:

    You should look into Jesse A James. He had just been released from the Mental Hospital and should never have been released. He has been battling mental illness for years. The detention centers are not equipped to deal with the Mentally ill. If anything they abuse them by placing them in the hole. Was Jesse even competent to be questioned? You stated the police were called to the Cinema due to his behavior. Well, there’s you first clue. Innocent people are dying everyday due to mental illness, yet this country choices to ignore this fact. It’s not guns it’s mental illness . it’s just easier to make it a party issue instead of a country issue….Just look into Jesse James and you’ll see….he should never have been released from that hospital!!! But he was and now he is in jail and a girl is dead….Not the first time I’m sure!!!

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