To sentencing: Kevin Hampton is led to the Vigo County Courthouse last year.

A man already serving an 85-year prison sentence for murder will go before a jury next week to face two additional murder charges.

Kevin L. Hampton, 45, is accused of the 2004 strangling deaths of Tanette “Toni” Dickison, 18, and Cassie Harris, 48, both of Terre Haute.

The trial begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Vigo County Superior Court Division 3.

Hampton was in court Tuesday where he requested the right to represent himself in the trial. On Wednesday, Judge David R. Bolk denied the motion. The trial is set to go forward with attorney Dan Weber as Hampton’s public defender.

Weber also served as Hampton’s attorney in the Dianna Lehman murder trial in late 2006.

Lehman, 18, of Terre Haute was found dead in her Tippecanoe Avenue residence in 2000. The jury convicted Hampton of her murder, and he was sentenced to 85 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

Dickison’s body was found in a Brazil pond Nov. 30, 2004. A week later, Harris was reported missing; her body was found in February 2005 near a creek in northern Vigo County.

Detectives linked Hampton to the homicides after an acquaintance of his told police that Hampton had killed Dickison and Harris. Blood that matched Dickison’s DNA was found in a car that Hampton was driving, and couch cushion covers in Hampton’s house were spotted with blood that contained DNA matching Harris’.

Hampton was arrested on drug charges in March 2005, and a DNA sample taken from him at that time matched a DNA profile from the Lehman case on a national DNA index system.

Hampton’s DNA also has been linked to rape cases in Nevada and California, according to police.

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