Newport News homicide suspect in custody 5 days after murder

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A man has been arrested in connection to the death of a 20-year-old woman in Newport News.

Markeis Parks (NNPD)

On August 29 at approximately 3:59 a.m., police were dispatched to the 100 block of Mytilene Drive in reference to gunshots fired. Upon arrival, officers checked the interior of a residence and located a female suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and was identified as Breonna T. Patterson.

After an extensive investigation and community assistance, officers identified a suspect, who was known to the victim, and a potential location. Because the suspect was known to be armed and dangerous, the Tactical Operations Unit was deployed to the 5000 block of Potomac Avenue in Newport News.

After more than seven hours of surveillance and negotiations, the suspect surrendered without incident. 25-year-old Markeis Lamar Parks was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, using a firearm in commission of a felony, obstruction of justice, disregarding law enforcement commands and not wearing a seat belt.

Parks told us from jail he was home when the murder happened, across town with his girlfriend. He said the two had smoked weed and were in bed when the crime occurred.

He said he thinks someone is trying to frame him but doesn’t know who it could be.

He has prior offenses, but they are drug related. He claims he is not a violent offender and he thinks the police just want him off the streets because he has been in trouble before.

He said he feels bad this woman, who is a young mom, was killed but said he didn’t do it and said he doesn’t want to go to jail for something he didn’t do.

"I feel sorry for what happened to her; I wish it never happened but I can't really say nothing because she was a good girl. She was cool - all of them was cool - but whoever did it, I can't tell you. I don’t know; I wasn’t there," Parks said.

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