Man indicted for murder in 2007 cold case shooting in Portsmouth

Reginald Lee Jordan, Jr. (Credit: Portsmouth Police Department.)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A 36-year-old man indicted for murder in connection to a 2007 cold case shooting in Portsmouth faced a judge on Wednesday.

The Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office announced indictments for Reginald Lee Jordan, Jr. in connection to the murder of Bryan Williams.

It is unclear how authorities identified Jordan as a suspect in Williams’ murder. The 36-year-old is also facing indictments for firearms and gang participation charges.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales released the following statement:

Whether they are current cases or 10-year-old cold cases, this office will vigorously investigate and prosecute offenders who commit violent crimes. The Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury is a valuable tool for law-enforcement agencies across Hampton Roads to investigate cold cases and gang participation, and Portsmouth is fortunate to have such a valuable asset meeting in its Circuit Court building once a month. The Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office thanks its law-enforcement partners for their assistance in presenting this case.”

Jordan was indicted last Thursday, Nov. 9, and was arrested the very next day.

A bond hearing for Jordan was scheduled for Nov. 14, but it was pushed back a week since Jordan did not have an attorney. A public defender was appointed.

The victim was just 22 years old. Williams was the father of a young daughter who got his marriage license on May 4, 2007. That’s the same day he was killed.

“Whether matters are presently being investigated or whether they are cold cases that we have to go back and reinvestigate we’re committed at all times to try and get justice for victims and families,” Morales said after the hearing.

Williams’ mother Valerie only had a few words to say about Wednesday’s hearing. “God has everything in control,” she said.

According to the indictment filed with the court, Jordan goes by the nickname “NO.” Other court documents indicate Jordan has pending charges in the Norfolk JDR court for failure to provide support.

Morales wouldn’t say how Jordan was connected to the cold case. “Everything is going to be tried in court. I don’t believe in trying anything in the court of public opinion,” she explained”

10 On Your Side has learned Reginald Jordan has a criminal history that dates back 13 years. In 2004 he pled guilty to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Then in 2011 he was convicted by a jury of robbery and was sentenced to serve 5 years in jail.

Jordan was found not guilty of gun and abduction charges related to the same incident.

His new bond hearing was rescheduled for November 21.