Serial Biter Charged With Murder in Beating Death of Girlfriend

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Paul Hamilton
A Phoenix man -- with a lengthy rap sheet for domestic violence -- was arrested yesterday for the murder of his girlfriend, during which he allegedly bit off her nipple.

Paul Lavon Hamilton's been charged with one count of second-degree murder in the beating death of Stephanie Joyce, his girlfriend of several years.

About 3 a.m. yesterday, police were called to an AM/PM convenience store at 2740 West Northern Avenue, where a passerby was summoned to a gold pickup truck that wouldn't start.

Inside the truck -- driven by a woman named Judy Thomas -- the passerby noticed a woman in the cab who looked dead. Thomas assured the stranger that the person in the truck, later identified by police as Stephanie Joyce, was just passed out drunk. Thomas then left the gas station on foot -- abandoning both the truck and Joyce -- and the passerby had a store employee call police.

Thomas was located by police about a mile away. Joyce, police discovered, wasn't drunk -- she had been beaten to death.

Thomas told police a cockamamie story about how she had gone to the home of a friend, known to her only as "L.B.," and seen Joyce injured. "L.B.," later identified as Hamilton, told her to get into Joyce's truck with him, and the three drove around Phoenix until Hamilton stopped, got out of the car, and told Thomas to go get gas and then pick him up.

That's when, according to Thomas, police found the body.

In reality, however, Thomas had been staying with Hamilton and Joyce in their apartment. After telling the aforementioned story to police, Thomas told detectives she'd heard Hamilton and Joyce arguing. She said Hamilton eventually came to her and said Joyce was dead. He then ordered her into the truck with the body.

Police determined that Joyce was killed by blunt-force injuries and that Hamilton had a criminal history.

Hamilton has several prior convictions for domestic violence, including one in which the victim had bruising all over her face and body, as well as a bite mark on her stomach.

Joyce's body fit a similar description, with one of her nipples bitten off and the other showing obvious bite marks.

The injuries, detectives determined, were consistent with sexual abuse. Hamilton, however, told police the two had engaged in consensual sex that day.

Hamilton, authorities say, maintains that he didn't kill Joyce.

Hamilton's being held on a $1 million bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 1.
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ONETHATGOTAWAY
ONETHATGOTAWAY

I know that I am really late on commenting on this whole thing but for myself more than anything I had to say something. I went to Phoenix to be with P, LB whatever you want to call him and I did not have any idea what I was getting myself into. We had been talking on the phone for months before I went there to be with him. I did not know anyone else in Phoenix except him and he had me right where he wanted me.  I was in Phoenix for 3 months in 2006 and in that time he beat the shit out of me 4 times. The first time he socked me in the face in front of the apartments we were living in, reason unknown. He literally knocked me out cold in one punch. I took off and walked to a nearby bar but I knew no one in Phoenix and ended up calling him and having to go back to the apartment and him where my stuff was. I had myself in quite the mess. The second time he did in a house full of people because he thought I was flirting with another guy. Nobody did anything, they were just as scared of him as I was and nobody else wanted the ass whopping I was getting! I went back to that apartment a week later and asked them why nobody helped me and they did not say anything except they told me they were still cleaning blood off the walls. The third time he actually hit me in the face while I was driving some other girls car to go and sell drugs and he wanted me to drive and hold the drugs, I did not want to go and that is why he hit me after the deal was done and we were on our way back to the Motel 6. That time I did get away from him and made it to a convenient store were the cops were called and I was scared so I gave them the wrong information about the car and description of him. After that I did got to one of those domestic violence shelters but ended up talking to him again, reason unknown cause right now that makes no sense to me at all!!!! The last time he beat me up and had me held hostage in some girls apartment while he had her car and was supposed to be picking her up from work and instead he was giving me the beating of a lifetime in her apartment and  I thought he was going to kill me too. My injuries were so bad I somehow talked him into dropping me off at the hospital, which was a blessing and I know now that there had to be a GOD watching over me. A day later my Dad got me a bus ticket back to Vegas and never looked back. That was enough for me. I was truly scared that I was going to end up dead and since nobody in Phoenix knew me I would not have even been missed and I thought he could just tell people I went back to Vegas but I would be dead in the desert somewhere!


I knew of another lady there who told me these horrible stories when I first got to Phoenix of him locking her up in a closet for a week and torchering her. I thought that there was no way that could be true until I got to see his psychosis and rage for myself. This was a very sad time in my life and I wish I could have been a part of getting him put away and that his would not have happened to Stephanie. He was such a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde personality and when he said that he would not do it again it was almost believable right up until he did it again.


I feel bad that I did not report him but if you know him like I knew him he was a very scary guy and I just felt grateful to get out with my life! I did look him up a few times and he was incarcerated in the prison there in Phoenix and then he was released. I am not even sure what made me look him up today but he randomly went through my head and I Googled Paul Hamilton Phoenix AZ and this article came up. It has been bothering me all day and I felt like I had to say something on here just to cleanse my soul!


My prayers are with the Stephanie's family and the other survivors of abuse from any abuser not just this one. It is so easy to say what one should do or what you would do until you are in the situation! I am just grateful that I got out and today I do not allow people to abuse me, maybe to a fault now. I am married to a wonderful man who would never put his hands on me! I am grateful that Paul is never going to get out and do this to any other women EVER!

MEYO
MEYO

Stephanie knew, and she stayed with him, out of love idk..He did it to her before, and was told by another victims parents that he had done this before and almost killed her. Maybe she wasn't strong enough to leave... or didn't have the strength... I know leaving Paul means leaving your life as you know it and run.... Like a mother !!!!!! and never look back...

I know Paul there is no doubt he did this, how could he be so cruel only God can answer. I know how he beats women... He is sick, ... that is what is so so sad. He doesn't just slap you and call it a day, it is a brutal beating, for hours upon hours. Don't let your heart be unsettled... she is resting in peace, as so many other women are alive and still suffer trauma from his hands.

I just pray that he doesn't die, and that he has to live every day knowing what he did to Stephanie and that he will never get out or have the chance to beat another woman. The death penalty is the easy way out...God will deal with Paul La'Von Hamilton for what he has done, to all the women he has beaten and the one he killed.

J. cherry
J. cherry

I've known both Steph an L.B. And i had on several occasions seen the after affects of L.B.s rage toward steph. The bruises the black eyes. Steph had told me about a time when L.B. had beaten her to the point that she blacked out. And when she came too, he told her that she was a "pretty tough little bitch" cause she took that beating and still didn't die. I had offered to help her on several occasions, but she was affraid that he would just come after me and find her anyway. She told me she knew he was going to eventually kill her, that it was just a matter of time. My heart goes out to stephanies family. She was a very kind and loving person. She will be missed.  

Det. Champion
Det. Champion

I am the case agent for this investigation. I noted many of you have known Paul or been in relationships with Paul and/or known Stephanie. I have talked to several of  you but would like to hear from anyone else. Please call me at 602-534-0493. Thank you. Detective Josh Champion #6600.

Myrna_redford
Myrna_redford

i knew paul lavon and stephanie ,she seemed like a very nice girl . hamilton tryed to get with me on more than one occasion i was having none of that. I knew at least one of his other girlfriends , whom he also beat , if she would not have asked me to leave him be I would have beat him just like he would beat his girlfriends .just to show him how it felt . I always had bad feeling when it came to "L B " as i knew him . it's a very sad thing about shephanie but at least he is where he belongs and if he's lucky he will get the death penality . vfor what he did to staphanie and his other girl friends .

Bkitchen1098
Bkitchen1098

i cant believe he did this to her im the other person mention in her that he had beat and bitten i told her to leave that he would kill her but she didnt listen i was able to getr away with some help i cant believe he did this

Deeman343
Deeman343

-Growing up I called Paul "Dad". Although, he wasn't my father he was the only father figure i had at the time.After my sister was born, he still treated me like his son even though he just had a child of his own. After Paul hit & choked my mother i lost all my respect for him. He has caused hell for my family! I had met Stephanie a couple of times & although i really didn't know her, she seemed like a very nice woman. She certainly didn't deserve to die! No woman deserves to be beaten to death. After hearing about this story i felt sick to my stomach! To think that i use to call him dad and give him hug & kisses good-bye gives me the creeps. The only thing good he has done for my family was bringing my sister to this world. 

Someone he knew
Someone he knew

U no ive been around paul and ive never seen him loose his cool. For that year ive seen him quite a bit but then ive moved and now im hering all this wow i just dont belive it

Mindyk75
Mindyk75

i was with Paul Hamilton for 4 years i went through alot of abuse iam so happy i finally realized that he would never change  iam so sorry to hear about stephanie she didnt deserve that my thoughts and prayers go out to her family and now Paul will have to pay for what he has done

steph's friend
steph's friend

bandit,listen here fuck,keep your mouth shut , and stay away from az. your bud will be eaten alive in prison,you too if you preach like you are

Wanda
Wanda

bandit you sound like a dumb idiot..obviously you never went to school.. GET A LIFE!!!! what do you do all day walk around looking stupid?? learn how to talk and maybe you can make something out of your life!!

Karaokejoe316
Karaokejoe316

Piece of shit had no right to harm these women. He should be executed, not 30 years from now but his own people should take out their dirty laundry. All folks know there is no excuse or tolerance for a woman killer, nipple eater. A man who lives his life, surrounded by a circle of women for his protection. A woman beater is seldom any match for a man. May he rot in hell.

bandit
bandit

you say my name like you know me...i aint scared of l.b  that  was my nigga  and he was there for me most odf time i needed him i aint gonna just let yall bad mouth tha homie you got tha way l.b was i got aninther l.b wasso it is what it is

CRONKITESCHOOLDROPOUT
CRONKITESCHOOLDROPOUT

HAMC, sure wish you guys could've gotten your hands on this girl hitter. He's the kind that finds white girls with low self esteem and makes 'em feel even shittier about themselves till he kills them.   I beg you to get the brothers in the AB inside to shove a big broomstick up his ass and bite one of his nipples off.  Hopefully, he can become somebody's bitch inside, put on some lipstick, and get his ass beat daily. 

bandit
bandit

yall know damn well, all yall loved my nigga so dont talk shit now that hes  locked up.... bandit 

Korrigen
Korrigen

You know, Bandit - I know you...well, though you'd scarcely remember me - I'm sure.  It is sad, actually, because as I recall you two were birds of a feather.  Your girlfriend at the time worse the same kind of marks as did Fran at that time, later Tina, later Stephanie.  It would take a womanizing abuser to say, in the face of such tragedy - I don't care that he took this woman's life - BEAT it from her body for no reason other than she loved him, he's still my "nigga"??? 

First and foremost - you aren't black - you're poor, white trash with hardly a 2nd grade education or a tooth in your head.  Second, you know he beat and I mean BRUTALLY beat woman, after woman, after woman...I made the mistake of once trying to assist one of these women and faced his threat myself - though, I was not afraid because any many who exacts these types of crimes against a woman, especially a woman for whom he claims to care, is LESS than a man.  Finally, and hear this loud and clear - while I hardly knew Stephanie, I remember thinking she was absolutely one of the most delightful creatures I had ever had the opportunity to meet.  I thought LB might have actually pulled his head out of his azz to have caught a chance with this lady.  I am so very, very, very sorry to see that it was SHE who was his ultimate victim.

Sounds like she had a lot of friends too...I'd keep my toothless, patchy headed, ignorant azz far, far away...if I were you.

Friends of Stephanie, or others, I do know this man and I know without a doubt that he did this to her.  I am so very, very sorry that I didnt' have the courage to take her aside and tell her how very dangerous he could be.  That will rest upon my heart forever.

Best of to her family and friends - what an incredible loss and a senseless act.

MEYO
MEYO

I didn't know he was ever out for 4 years at a time??

bandit
bandit

whatever been there already still here

bandit
bandit

aint nobody worried about you or in prison what ever cuzz

bandit
bandit

eat nuts i went to school fuck you

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

 Keep going, you are a poster child for dumb, illiterate, ghetto trash.  Please, I find your moronic babble hilarious, don't stop

eslbc21
eslbc21

wow really let me geuss your a racist peice of shit thats talking

UNHAPPY CUSTOMER
UNHAPPY CUSTOMER

LB, Long Beach, Paul LAVON Hamilton, is DONE FOR!!!! He abused too many women in his life time. SO Homie do you really know him, or are you sticking up for him because you are also one of the BEATERS?

Who cares if she was cheating, does that give anyone the right to kill, harm, or beat... No you leave... So he was too busy chasing after .... to care about his kids... SO FUCK THAT NIGGA! 

Glendakid
Glendakid

if the piece of shit killed her he deserves to die, so fuck him. as for you you illiterate bozo, get an education or at least spell check

bandit
bandit

first off fuck you. second it was a shame what he did i seen them both togethr befor this shit happen.i do feel bad and thats still my nigga,we was closer than anybody thought longbeach bitch never forget that,and my father is black so i am black stupid fuck.and i dont give a fuck what freinds read what i put up,  and if i gotta beat my girl i dont need her just cuase my homie did it dont mean i do it...ignorant wow bitch you cant even spell and fuck you i aint keeping away from shit even going to his cout dates thats the homie regardless of what he did.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Stupid shit-eating, child-raping, butt-picking ape.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

 if you sound this stupid when you type I can only imagine what you sound like when you talk.  Probably something like this: "oooh-oooh, aaaah-aaah, nigga, oooh-oooh-oooh, aaaah-aaaah- aaaah- aaaah, nigga, bitch nigga nigga bitch, oooh-oooh-aaaah-aaaah-ooooh-oooh!"

Wanda
Wanda

you sound like your racist to your own race. pretty sad dumb boy..

Wanda
Wanda

i really doubt it IDIOT!!!!!

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

 I hope you don't have kids out there, because I would hate to think someone as moronic as you might reproduce.

CRONKITESCHOOLDROPOUT
CRONKITESCHOOLDROPOUT

Bandit, I never mentioned skin color and I am not a racist.  As far as I'm concerned, your color is "STUPID".  If a black girlfriend of mine was beaten by some punk ass white dude, I'd be begging for the BGF to shove a broomstick up his ass, too.  So shut the fuck up and go pay some child support, loser.

bandit
bandit

i aint one of the beaters i did know him well,the kids part i didnt know and, but anyways thats still my nigga, e.s longbeach 4 life

bandit
bandit

i got your bozo cuzz! i know how spell so eat nuts dont have to spell my words correct to get my point across to you haters. EAST

bandit
bandit

fuck you thats th homie & you just dont know i will be missed cuzz

Malibugirl63
Malibugirl63

Mr. Bandit, this is a very large desert in which we live.  I know for a fact you would not be missed by a solitary human being on this planet.  You made this murder soley about your insecurities as a black man.  Its outrageous and disgusting.  Maybe they'll allow congical visits.  So your in love  with a murderer, let it go.....

bandit
bandit

racist ass punk bitch

BANDIT
BANDIT

DUMB THIS IN YOUR OUTH BITCH

bandit
bandit

wow got kids and they aint racist like you punk bitch

bandit
bandit

wow your lieing and is a racist piece of shit and you dont know shit bout so how can you tell me to pay child support

bandit
bandit

bet you cant whip me punk bitch

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

This kind is entirely too stupid to ever comprehend exactly how stupid he actually is.  Honestly, he is basically a monkey.  Shit, there are probably chimpanzees out there who could beat this guy at checkers.

m.a.d.d.37
m.a.d.d.37

bandit, do you know how fucking stupid u appear in your posts? somebody's life was taken from them and you are trying miserably to justify it. what? are you afraid he will beat the shit out of you if you don't? the pussy low-life only liked to beat women, so i'm certain you are safe. lb can rot in his jail cell, alone and unloved! his own daughter is disgusted with the type of "man" her father is. your "homie" wouldn't recognize true "love" if it was beating him to death, and that's a shame, because he lost every person capable n willing to love him! he is a sick fuck and i hope with every fiber of my being he experiences the terror and fear he instilled in soooooo many women at least once before his worthless life is taken from him!

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

 I bet you got his bozo cuzz, in your mouth shooting hot jizz down your throat like the dumb monkey you are...cuzz

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