Man pleads guilty to murder of Portsmouth businesswoman

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A man admitted he murdered 79-year-old Betty Philbrick, who was owner of one of the oldest businesses in Portsmouth.

David Spencer Turner entered a guilty plea Friday, June 5 for second-degree murder, according to the Portsmouth Commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

On June 1, 2014, Philbrick’s son discovered Turner at his mother’s home bruised and shaking. When he went inside, he found Philbrick’s lifeless body on the garage floor, according to court documents.

A medical examiner said Philbrick died from strangulation and blunt force trauma to the chest.

Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Earle Mobley said Turner and Philbrick knew each other and had a long-standing relationship

Turner’s guilty plea includes a definite sentence of 40 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, followed by five years of supervised release. If Turner violates the terms of his probation, he could go back to jail for 10 more years.


Comments are closed.