Husband charged with murder in shooting death of wife in Newport News

Lilton Fenton Batten. Credit: Newport News police

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man charged in the murder of his wife confessed to shooting her, according to an affidavit obtained by 10 On Your Side.

Police said 61-year-old Rosalee Parker-Batten died after she was found shot at a home on Wickham Avenue.

Officers responded to the scene at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

“An ambulance had shown up and a stretcher had been brought out and shortly after that, they were sent away,” said neighbor Glenn Lovell.

Parker-Batten was pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m.

“About half a dozen police units showed up… And that’s when they barricaded off the area,” Lovell said.

Lilton Fenton Batten, 61, was taken in to custody Thursday after turning himself in at Newport News City Jail, court documents said. According to an affidavit filed with his arrest warrants, Batten confessed to shooting Parker-Batten after being advised of his Miranda rights.

Batten has been charged with first-degree murder and two weapons offenses, according to police. He declined to talk to 10 On Your Side from jail. Court documents show he was previously convicted of a non-violent felony and is expected to have a mental health evaluation and another court hearing in June.

Dozens of loved ones went to the scene Thursday, many hysterical and shouting, “he killed her.”

This is the city’s eighth homicide this year.

Lovell said he didn’t personally know who lived at the home, but that an older woman resided there. She occasionally had guests.

“One of the neighbors said they would occasionally see a young lady drop young children off over there and also another elderly man would stop by.”

A family member told 10 On Your Side he did not wish to comment Friday.

This is a developing story. Stay with WAVY.com for updates as they become available.