James City police: Son charged with second-degree murder in mother's death

The son of a 64-year-old woman found dead in her Brookside Haven townhome Wednesday morning has been charged with second degree murder. 

Michael Alan Webb, 34, was found at the Happy Shopper on Pocahontas Trail and taken into custody without incident, according to James City County Police. He was subsequently charged in connection to the death of his mother Edna Webb. 

James City police deputy chief Steven Rubino said Wednesday that officers were called to the home just before 10 a.m. for a welfare check on a woman who did not show up for her job. 

When officers arrived, they found the front door locked, but when they entered the townhome through a rear door, they located Edna Webb dead in the kitchen area of the home, according to police.  

The cause of death appears to be blunt force trauma, according to police. However, investigators are still waiting for the results from the autopsy, according to the news release.  

Webb is being held without bond at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, the news release stated.  

Earlier: 

James City County Police officers are on the scene of a suspected homicide in the 1800 block of Ferrell Drive in the Brookside Haven subdivision. 

Department deputy chief Steven Rubino said officers were called to the home just before 10 a.m. for a welfare check on a woman who did not show up for her job. 

When they arrived, he said they found a 64-year-old woman dead in the kitchen. Rubino would not confirm how the victim appeared to have died.

The residence is across the street from James River Elementary School, which was put on lock down as a precaution, Rubino said.

The lockdown ran from about 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., schools spokeswoman Betsy Overkamp-Smith said.

“A suspect was located, taken into custody for questioning, and the lockdown on the school was released,” Rubino said.

The suspect is an adult man associated with the woman, Rubino said. He was found at the Happy Shopper on Pocahontas Trial, according to a police news release. 

Rubino wouldn’t confirm whether it appeared to be a domestic violence situation, but he said police believe the incident was not a random act.

He said officers don’t think there are any more suspects at this time.

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