NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Rosa Powell was reported missing and then found dead on the side of a road. The man accused of killing her faced a judge Tuesday.
The preliminary hearing focused on how the mother of three lost her life. In a statement to police, suspect Cortez Scott said he and Powell were in a romantic relationship when a heated argument led to her death.
“My sister is a sweet person, and I don’t know what would make him go to that extent as to take my sister away from her children, not only me, but her children,” said Dorothy Marshall, Powell’s sister.
Powell was last seen on March 5 by family members, who reported her missing. While police searched for her, she lay face down on the ground along Roberts Road in Norfolk. That’s where Scott told police he and Powell had an argument and she slapped him.
In his statement to police, Scott said the two were walking when he picked up a wrench, hit Powell, then accidentally hit her in the head, and she fell. Police say Scott put his foot on top of Powell, held her down, then left.
Police found her body 10 days later.
Marshall listened to the detailed account in court: “I was very emotional to actually learn what happened to my sister, why she was attacked like that. It was uncalled for. Why would he do that to her?”
An autopsy found bruises on Powell’s body along with trauma to her chin and head. Police say it appeared she had been dragged on her back.
“We’re just happy we’re getting some sort of justice. A lot of unanswered questions were answered for me and for her daughter and for the family. So, we’re just ready to move forward to have this and have the person that done it come to justice,” Marshall said.
However, police say they have not found the murder weapon. The case was sent to a circuit court grand jury for its consideration.
Scott’s family declined comment about the case after Tuesday’s hearing.