NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A husband and wife will go to prison for five years for illegally disposing a woman’s body. Frank and Teressa Everett were were initially charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, concealing a dead body and defiling a dead body in connection with the death of 26-year-old Lori Jordan of Virginia Beach.
They pleaded guilty in March to concealing and defiling a dead body, and accessory after the fact to murder. A judge sentenced them to seven years with two years suspended — leaving five years to serve.
“I think it’s a fair sentence. I didn’t think it would be five years, but there’s a lot of aggravating circumstances that I recognize,” said Teressa Everett’s attorney Eric Korslund.
Jordan was reported missing in late 2007. Weeks later, police said someone found her body in the woods of Norfolk’s Barraud Park. Court paperwork shows prosecutors had evidence that Frank and Teressa were at the house where their son Billy allegedly gave Jordan an excessive amount of illegal drugs, until she died. Frank and Teressa paid another person $10,000 to move Jordan’s body from their home and get rid of it, the document said.
“I think the court considered heavily the fact that she knew what happened to Lori and didn’t tell anybody, and so the victim’s family, Lori Jordan’s family, had to go years and years without knowing what happened, and that could have been avoided if my client perhaps acted differently. What I wanted to emphasize to the court is that she did not participate or contribute to the death of Lori in any way,” Korslund said.
Billy Everett will go to trial in January for murder. The case of Duane Goodson, charged with conspiracy, is pending.