1/24/2018 (updated 2/14/2018) - Burleson, TX -- A Texas man who was previously busted by Oklahoma City police for soliciting prostitution has been accused of murdering a young woman in a Burleson motel.
Phillip Andrew Campbell, 27, of Venus, TX has been charged in the state of Texas with the murder of a 26-year-old female whose body was found in a Burleson motel.
According to published reports, on Oct. 6, 2017, at about 10:13 p.m., Campbell (then 26) asked a 3rd party to call 911 and ask for an ambulance for his Burleson Days Inn motel room for an injured person. When EMS and police officers arrived they discovered the deceased female laying on a bed.
The female was later identified as Alexandria "Jade" Wright. Wright was identified in her obituary as a beloved mother, daughter and sister. Wright was placed in the foster care system from the ages 13-17 years old.
Campbell reportedly told police he had attempted CPR on Wright. When questioned, Campbell said he wanted a lawyer.
Campbell was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital, by ambulance, for medical evaluation. At the hospital Campbell admitted to ingesting and tested positive for amphetamine, meth and THC.
Burleson Police Chief Billy Cordell said that, "There was unexplained trauma to the body of the deceased."
Campbell was placed into custody after being released from the hospital and was booked into the Johnson County Jail under suspicion of murder. Campbell was held on a $500,000 bond.
Police believe Campbell and the young woman were acquaintances.
The medical examiner later ruled Wright's death a homicide by manual strangulation. Wright also had blunt force injuries to her face and had "multiple scattered contusions to the lower extremities."
Campbell was formally charged with murder and felony tampering with evidence with the intent to impair.
For undisclosed reasons, Campbell's bond was lowered to $150,000. After posting the bond, Campbell was released from custody to await his murder trial.
Wright's family released the following public statement; "We as a family ask for prayers to receive justice for Jade. Phillip Campbell took her life with his bare hands and left a young daughter without a mother, and the rest of her family and friends behind to mourn this devastating loss that never should have happened. We hope and pray the fullest extent of punishment is laid upon him in the eyes of the law.”
An individual identifying herself as a friend of Wright's, that has asked to remain anonymous, has shared that Wright allegedly occasionally engaged in prostitution and drug use and that is most likely what she was doing with Campbell in a motel room the day she was murdered. In response, individual's identifying themselves to JohnTV as family members and friends of Wright, deny allegations that Wright was engaged in prostitution.
Court records in Oklahoma show that Campbell was arrested on a prostitution complaint back in 2013.
According to police, around 11:15 p.m. on April 23, 2013, Campbell responded to an Internet ad for prostitution. That ad was posted by undercover officers with the Oklahoma City Police department's Vice Unit.
Campbell was directed to the Holiday Inn Express near Will Rogers World Airport. Campbell was placed under arrest after he agreed to pay $125 for oral and vaginal sex.
Campbell's prostitution charge was amended to "other crimes against public peace" as part of a plea deal. Campbell pleaded guilty on Sept. 2, 2013 and was sentenced to one-year deferred, $1,000 fine and court costs.
On March 21, 2014 an arrest warrant was issued in Oklahoma County for Campbell for his failure to pay his fines and court costs. That warrant was still active when he was arrested for murder in Texas in 2017.
Campbell's murder trial has tentatively been set for April 16, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
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