Murder arrest: Charlottesville woman nabbed in Norfolk
Police investigating the suspicious death of a man on Fairway Avenue have announced that a suspect, a Charlottesville woman, has been nabbed in Norfolk. Forty-seven-year-old Wanda Maria Turner, a resident of the 100 block of Middlesex Drive, was arrested the evening of Monday, March 5 by Norfolk Police in connection with the death of 51-year-old Robert Edward Snead Jr., "the apparent victim of a crime of violence," according to a Police release.
According to the release, officers were summoned around 8:10am Monday to 407-B Fairway, the basement apartment of a compact gray-shingle and red brick duplex about a block northeast of Meade Park in the Woolen Mills neighborhood.
By late afternoon, at the time of a reporter's visit, a single black-and-white police cruiser was parked outside the apartment, whose corrugated metal vestibule was adorned with a simple American flag.
"Eddie was a wonderful person," says his brother-in-law, Brian Coalson, who says Snead–- who grew up in Goochland as the son of a legendary, longtime press foreman with Media General–- enjoyed Nascar races, going fishing, and attending family reunions near the Cumberland County village of Cartersville.
"I know I see it through rose-colored glasses, but you could ask anyone," says Coalson. "Everywhere he worked, everyone loved him and gravitated toward him."
"He was a great person," agrees Ralph Keene, manager of at Battlefield Ford, the auto body shop where Snead worked. "You couldn't ask for anybody nicer."
While Snead had a driving record that included three DUI convictions, family members point out that his last one occurred over a decade ago.
Brother-in-law Coalson says Snead "never met a stranger." And, sadly, family members say they're receiving reports that the suspect may have lived in the neighborhood and borrowed money from Snead.
An online people search service, Anywho, indicates that Turner formerly dwelled at 400 Fairway, and a check of court records shows that Turner was arrested in Albemarle in 2010 on a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license and then in October of last year was convicted for failing to appear in court and sentenced to 10 days in jail. In 2009, she earned a 10-day sentence for failure to appear on some misdemeanor bad-check charges in Charlottesville.
In this case, Turner has been charged with murder.
Note: story updated 11:27am March 6 with news of the arrest. Story updated again with comments from employer and family member. Original headline: 'Fairway homicide? Police investigating 51-year-old man's death'Read more on: robert edward snead jr.