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Man Charged in Murder at Florence Hotel

A woman is dead and now a man is behind bars facing a murder charge.

Florence Police said that officers found a woman dead at the Home 2 Suites inside a hotel room late Saturday morning. She was identified as Amanda D. Webster, 26, of Cameron, Ariz.

The death appeared to be suspicious, police said.

Jesse A. James, 32, of Burlington, had rented the room. 

About two hours after discovering Webster's body, police were called to Race Cinemas on Mall Road after a report of a man acting strangely.

That man, police said, turned out to be James, who had given two false names and identifying information to officers.

He was initially charged with giving false identifying information and theft of identity.

Later, at the police department, James was interviewed about Webster. Police said that James admitted to killing Webster early Saturday morning.

James is now also charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

He is being held at the Boone County Jail.

-Staff report

Photo via Boone County Jail