Homicide victim's father is a retired detective

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Former detective Bob Hewlett retired just a short while ago. He spent his life trying to solve murders and bring families closure. Now, it's his family hoping for that closure and for justice. He spent decades hunting down killers, so the news of his own son's murder hits close to home.

Robert Hewlett II is now a retired homicide detective with the Henrico County Police Department. Several years ago he spoke with NBC 12 and explained the reality of the job he did. We watched as he sifted through evidence and reviewed the case files on many cold cases in our area. In 2003, he reopened the case of Alex Glanz -- a 6-year old Highland Springs boy kidnapped and murdered in 1980.

"All of our witnesses were available to us," said Detective Hewlett. "The evidence in the case was available to us and after reviewing the facts."

Hewlett's efforts helped convict John Crawford of murder in the death of Alex Glanz. An appeal by Crawford in that case was recently denied by a judge. Crawford is currently serving a 70 year prison sentence.

Hewlett's son, Robert Hewlett III, was only 34 years old when he was shot and killed. Police tell us his body was found inside the home, but there were signs of a struggle outside. Three people were asleep in the home at the time of the shooting, including two children. Investigators have collected evidence from the scene but will not elaborate as to what. Right now police do not have anyone in custody or a suspect at this time.

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