JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A man was charged with murdering his mother Wednesday in James City County.
Deputy Chief Stephen Rubino tells WAVY.com police were called to a home on Ferrell Drive in the Brookside Haven neighborhood just before 10 a.m.
Officers responded to the home to check on a 64-year-old woman who did not show up to work Wednesday morning. The door to the home was reportedly locked when police arrived. Officers went in through the back door and found her dead in the kitchen.
Police say the woman’s cause of death appears to be blunt force trauma, but investigators are waiting on results from the autopsy.
Michael Alan Webb, the victim’s 34-year-old son, was found at a Happy Shopper convenience store on Pocahontas Trail, and was taken in to custody for questioning. He was later charged with second-degree murder.
Webb is being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond.
Those that knew the victim stood outside Wednesday with cell phones in hand, capturing every movement by police.
“When I was filming it live, I was saying, ‘I hope it turns out to a peaceful situation,’ but unfortunately it didn’t,” said neighbor Tony Holmes. “This is very rare that something like this would happen in this area.”
Neighbors tell 10 On Your Side the victim lived there with her adult son.
“She was a sweet lady,” another neighbor, Renee Palmer, said. “I just seen her go to work all the time and come home. She was a sweet lady though.”
The investigation prompted a lockdown at nearby James River Elementary School. The lockdown has since been lifted.