Charges dropped in Norfolk murder case

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Norfolk, Va. - Second-degree murder charges have essentially been dropped in the September 2013 death of Donte Davidson in Norfolk.

Police charged his roommates, Nevlyn Williams and Charles Pope, in the deadly Seay Avenue shooting.  Williams and Pope told police Davidson attacked them in the apartment, and they shot him in self-defense.

Two weeks ago, a Norfolk judge dismissed Pope's charges.  Wednesday morning, a prosecutor with the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney office withdrew charges.  A spokesperson said "there is insufficient evidence to support continued prosecution."

"It indeed was a classic case of self-defense," said Williams' attorney S. W. Dawson.  "That's why I believe the Commonwealth moved to drop all the charges today just three days before my client's speedy trial clock was set to expire."

NewsChannel 3 asked the CWA spokesperson why it took seven months to withdraw charges against Williams, and their response was "the specific timing involved with each case is unique to that case."

1 Comment

Comments are closed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.