2 arrested, charged in Isle of Wight double murder

Kareem Jamar Mitchell, left, and Richard Alexander Holmes. Credit: Isle of Wight Sheriff's Office.

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (WAVY) — A crucial piece of evidence was recovered in a double homicide investigation in Isle of Wight County.

The van owned by one of the victims, Nancy Starnes, was recovered in Portsmouth Friday morning. The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office says the van is being towed back to the county.

Sheriff’s office officials also released the 911 call from the night of the incident on Friday.

Two men have been arrested and charged in the double murder that Isle of Wight Sheriff Mark Marshall called a “mean crime.”

Marshall announced in a news conference Thursday afternoon that Kareem Jamar Mitchell, 29, and Richard Alexander Holmes, 19, have been arrested and charged in the killings of 80-year-old Nancy Starnes and her son, 58-year-old Kenneth Starnes.

The two are facing several charges connected to the incident: first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, burglary with intent to commit murder and grand larceny.

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Deputies were called out to a home on Ennisdale Drive for a possible burglary, and found that the two had been shot multiple times. The crime itself happened Friday night, according to the sheriff’s office.

Marshall said many items taken during the burglary Friday night were recovered at their home. There was reportedly forced entry that night.

Marshall said Thursday it is believed Mitchell and Holmes are responsible for numerous other burglaries. The two admitted certain pieces of involvement in the crime, including being at the home at the time of the burglaries and the time of the homicides, according to Marshall.

The two lived a mile away from the victims, on Stonehouse Lane in Rushmere. Marshall said search warrants were being executed Thursday afternoon. 10 On Your Side obtained copies on Friday.

Search Warrants Executed at Suspects’ Home

Deputies and Suffolk police were looking for two missing vehicles owned by the Starnes — a 2010 gray Ford F-150 with Virginia plates KFJ-6882 and a 2001 beige or gold Chrysler van with Virginia handicap plates M4354.

Marshall said Thursday the F-150 was recovered in Hampton, but they are still searching for the van.

The minivan could have damage to the driver’s side mirror, possibly with gold Duct tape on it. It could also have a white bumper sticker that could help identify it.

A tear was visible on Mitchell’s eyes as deputies were transferring him and Holmes to the courthouse for an arraignment.

“There’s a few tears in my eyes … I’m gonna regret this the rest of my life,” Mitchell said.

Holmes said, as deputies were putting him in a vehicle, “Ya’ll got the wrong crime.”