NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A 38-year-old Virginia man has been charged in the murder of a New Kent County man who authorities described as “a well-known, well-respected, life-long resident and businessman.”
Members of the New Kent Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2000 block of Carter Road at 1:55 p.m. on Dec. 4, for reports of an individual down inside of a residence in the area.
Once they arrived, deputies found the body of 65-year-old Elmer Lee Stewart. Medical aid was attempted but Stewart was pronounced dead at the scene. Sources told 8News that Stewart was killed with a hammer.
Later in the day, the Sheriff’s Office came in contact with the suspect in the case, identified as Michael Anthony Jenkins, and took him into custody.
Those close to Stewart told 8News he was a kind, generous person who never caused problems for anyone. Following the news of his death, shock and heartbreak spread throughout the community.
“The pain is real right now and it’s not gonna go away quickly,” said Teresa Lemons, who grew up with Elmer Stewart. “When I heard the news, it was like the wind was knocked out of me.”
Lemons says her brother and Stewart were close and his loss is “like a member of her own family is gone and will be missed.”
Hearing about her friend’s gruesome end, Lemons told 8News “that makes it even worse because he didn’t deserve that.”
“Definitely didn’t deserve that,” she added. “He would not hurt a fly.”
Jenkins has been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of grand larceny, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a third petit larceny charge in less than 10 years.
Doug Scott, who lives on Carter Road, told 8News the neighborhood is so safe that “we don’t really even lock the door out here,” adding that “we’re gonna have to start doing it because you never know and it’s getting worse and worse.”
Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.
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