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Virginia Beach man found guilty of killing mom with dumbbell

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Damien Michael Dukes, 28, was found guilty of second degree murder Monday after murdering his mother with a dumbbell.

According to court documents, Dukes called police dispatchers at 5:53 a.m. on April 10, 2014 and told them he killed his mother.

Dukes told police the crime happened in room 106 of the Studios for Less Motel at 1717 South Military Highway.

When officers responded, they found Dukes’ mother, Victory Star Winner, dead. Her cause of death was determined to be due to blunt force trauma.

Dukes and Winner had an argument because she told him she was moving and he would need to find somewhere else to live. He told the dispatcher he thought Winners was going to take his car and his cat.

Dukes was also in the room when police arrived. He was taken into custody and taken to the Virginia Beach Detective Bureau.

Police remained on scene and collected evidence from the motel room, including two 20-lb dumbbells, two 10-lb dumbbells, black plastic trash bags, a handheld phone, and a comforter and blanket.

Dukes is scheduled to be sentenced on August 30, 2016 and faces a maximum punishment of 40 years in jail.