For a long time, police didn’t know when off-duty Norfolk officer Victor Decker was gunned down. They knew he left an Oceana go-go bar at closing, and they know a passing motorist spotted his body at dawn.
But police did find an Oceana security camera pointed at the crime scene. Now the court file gives the most detailed timeline yet of what happened.
At 1:55 a.m. and 54 seconds, someone opens a door on Decker’s truck. An interior dome light comes on, as does what looks like a light on the right door. For the next minute, someone opens and closes the truck door several times. Then a car nearby starts moving and drives away. The video shows shadows of people walking back and forth.
A car stops near Decker’s truck, but then moves on. More people walk back and forth and at 2:02 a.m. and 43 seconds, there’s a brief flash that police think is a gunshot.
Thirteen seconds later, lights on another car come on — a car police say is the suspect’s — and it pulls away.
In court earlier, police testified the video is dark and grainy, and doesn’t show the people or the cars in any detail. It was not what led them to charge Raymond Lewis Perry with the murder, nearly two years after Decker died in an apparent robbery. Prosecutors have said jailhouse snitches identified Perry as the killer, but Perry and his lawyers say they’re making that up to get favors on their sentences. Defense lawyers have also said Decker had — and these are their words — a “darker side.” They have demanded records from the Norfolk Police Department’s Internal Affairs officers for any investigations on Decker. Beach prosecutors are trying to block that.
There is a second man also charged in the murder. His name is Kareem Turner. Police have had his cell phone for a year and they want to search it for evidence. But prosecutors revealed in court files that they haven’t been able to unlock it.