Hearing continued for Norfolk father charged in death of 4-year-old son

NORFOLK, Va. – Rayvon Messer will be back in court Tuesday morning.

According to Norfolk police, 4-year-old Rayvon Messer Jr. was shot and killed on April 19.

Rayvon A. Messer charged with second degree murder, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Hours later, the boy’s father, 26-year-old Rayvon A. Messer, was charged with his son’s murder.

His preliminary hearing was continued Tuesday.

Defense Attorney Andrew Sacks told the court there were recent developments that he needed to talk with his client about.

During his bond hearing, Messer’s attorney said it was a tragic accident and the son shot himself. Messer went outside for a few minutes that night and heard a pop, the attorney said. Messer’s attorney also acknowledged he was dishonest about what happened that night at first because he was scared. Messer originally said this all happened in a drive-by shooting, but now says it was an accident.

The prosecutor said the 4 year-old had been in trouble earlier in the day at school. He went to Messer’s house even though he didn’t want to be go. The child was shot in the chest at a downward angle, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

The incident happened in the 9500 block of 19th Bay Street around 7:45 p.m. Medics arrived to find the 4-year-old boy outside suffering from a gunshot wound.

Police scanners reported the child was hit in his stomach. The child was rushed to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, but died from his injuries.

Hours later, police arrested Messer and charged him with 2nd-degree murder, and using a gun to commit the crime.

Messer had his first court date on April 21. Outside of court, a man who said he’s his Messer’s brother defended him.

“Don’t nobody know what happened, but him and the four year-old son,” the man said. “The only way we find out the evidence is if the scientific evidence come back and show he’s not guilty of killing his son.”

On February 15 Messer waived his preliminary hearing on two felony charges – one count of Felony Homicide and one count of Child Abuse/Neglect.

Two felony charges were nolle prossed – one count of Second Degree Murder and one count of Use of a Firearm. Prosecutors said they are are going forward on the “charges supported by the evidence, the Criminal Code of Virginia, and case law.”

The next court date is March 7.