Norfolk man accused of killing wife waives preliminary hearing

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk man accused of murdering his wife went before a judge Thursday morning.

David Tackett

Investigators said David Tackett allegedly killed his 36-year-old wife, Sophan Torn, earlier this year.

Torn was found dead inside of her house on the 1600 block of East Bayview Boulevard on January 28.

At the time of the investigation, Tackett was nowhere to be found.

News 3 learned it was Tackett's childhood friend who led authorities to him in Richmond, according to court records.

Police arrested Tackett and charged him with second degree murder.

In court Thursday, he waived his preliminary hearing.

“We are agreeing that there is sufficient evidence to send this case to a higher court for a trial," Tackett's defense attorney William Taliaferro said.

Taliaferro told News 3 the agreement isn't an admission of guilt.

“We are still investigating what occurred that night," he explained.

Taliaferro said they will need at least another month to conclude their investigation.

No word on Tackett's next court date.

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