HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A man who was charged with killing two men nearly four years ago pleaded guilty Tuesday in court.
Jordyn Charity pleaded guilty to four felony charges; two counts of first degree murder and two counts of using a gun during the commission of a felony, while four other charges (evading and eluding, carjacking, grand larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor) were withdrawn in Tuesday’s hearing.
Hampton’s top prosecutor told 10 On Your Side this was a surprising and last-minute plea. Charity was scheduled to stand trial starting next week.
Now 20 years old, Charity walked into court covering his face, as he faced a judge on charges that he shot and killed two men.
This shooting stemmed from a disagreement related to bike parts. Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney Anton Bell said Charity used a shotgun to shoot Kenneth Jake Wilson and Donivan Walker at a skate park.
“We believe that he kind of startled everyone,” Bell said.
“Two of the gunshot wounds were the direct result of the defendant standing over the victims and pointing it towards the ground while they were already suffering from a gunshot wound,” Bell said.
But Bell says Charity spared the life of a witness. He then took off on a moped. He later carjacked a Community Services Board worker who was handling an unrelated case and took police on a high-speed chase that ended at the Hampton VA Medical Center.
Bell says Charity made some chilling statements after being arrested and says there is no question he planned to commit murder.
“I’m a murderer. I did it. I was enraged,” Bell said of Charity’s comments. “One statement that was of particular interest is ‘it was fun,’ then he said ‘not the murder but the car chase’”
Charity was arrested and has remained in jail since the crime on New Year’s Eve 2013.
Families of both victims were in court Tuesday.
Cameras were almost not allowed inside the courtroom. Before the hearing started Charity’s attorney argued that it would be difficult for Charity to get through the hearing. However Bell said the defendant is an adult and is being tried as an adult. He asked that cameras remain for complete transparency. The judge agreed and allowed 10 On Your Side to record the hearing.
After the hearing, Wilson’s father wanted to talk about the plea.
“He just made a mistake and he has to pay for what he’s done,” Kenneth Edward Wilson, said. “There’s really not enough time the boy could pay for the lives he has taken and the families that he’s hurt.”
Wilson said the time after his son’s death, “It’s been real hard.”
According to Wilson, his son was planning to be an electrician. He and his friend Donivan Walker had just signed a lease to be roommates.
Walker’s mother Tish Perkins told 10 On Your Side she is pleased Charity pleaded guilty. She called it a sigh of relief.
Charity faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on November 29, 2017.
The Commonwealth plans to request the maximum sentence.