Police: Man shoots, kills stepbrother in South Norfolk

Russell Newhart

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Chesapeake police say a man shot and killed his stepbrother at their home in South Norfolk late Thursday night.

According to Detective Dorienne Boykin, with Chesapeake police, 55-year-old Russell Newhart and his stepbrother, 44-year-old Benjamin Novac, got into a fight inside their home in the 2300 block of Virginia Avenue around 11:20 p.m. During the fight, Newhart shot his stepbrother multiple times.

Novac died at the scene.

After the shooting, police say Newhart went to a neighbor’s house and told them to call police. WAVY.com spoke to that neighbor. She said Newhart showed up on her front doorstep and very calmly asked her to call police. He said to her he didn’t have a cell phone and he had just killed his brother.

Another neighbor said she saw Newhart get home around 11 p.m. Twenty minutes later, Newhart was knocking on her door, also telling her, “I shot my brother. Call police.”

Jordan Morefield lives down the street. He said police showed up on Virginia Avenue and were checking houses until they figured out which one Newhart was in.

Morefield said he watched as Newhart surrendered in his front yard.

“Several officers had him at gunpoint,” Morefield said. “He subdued himself. He did everything they told him to do under arrest, and it was over just like that.”

Multiple neighbors told WAVY News’ Liz Palka they never had problems with Newhart. They said his parents had lived in the house on Virginia Avenue for years and then Newhart moved in after they died.

Morefield only knows Newhart from around the neighborhood, but said he had heard he is a nice person. “That’s really all I’ve heard is just good things about him,” Morefield said.

Newhart was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

WAVY.com confirmed Newhart is the nephew of longtime Chesapeake Sheriff John Newhart. 10 On Your Side spoke to the former sheriff on Friday. He said he didn’t have any first-hand information to share.


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