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Arrest made in eastern Henrico homicide

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -  Deshawn Nequan Jackson was arrested yesterday at approximately 3:45 p.m. without incident and charged with the murder of Robert D. Hewlett, III.

Jackson, 18, of the 1100 block Leslie Ann Drive Richmond is charged with first degree murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony in the early Wednesday morning shooting death of Hewlett.

Hewlett, 34, was the son of a retired Henrico County Homicide Detective.  He suffered a gunshot wound and was found inside the home. He was transported to VCU Medical Center and died at the hospital around 6:30 a.m.

NBC12 was the only news crew in the courtroom when Jackson made an appearance through video teleconference on Friday morning. It was short and Jackson did not say much. We learned, no bond was set and the jobless Jackson will be appointed an attorney.

It didn't take long for Henrico investigators to pin Jackson as the murderer. Just a day and a half after investigators canvassed the Hallwood Farms neighborhood, they say they landed their man.

"It certainly makes it much easier when we develop witnesses and things come together quickly and we identify evidence," says Wade Kizer, Commonwealth Attorney in Henrico County. 

Investigators credit that evidence and the large amount of information they gained knocking on doors, interviewing Hewlett's neighbors, to help them land Jackson quickly.

One of those interviewed included Mildred Gregory. "I heard 1 gunshot. My daughter said she heard 4 or 5."

The medical examiner says Hewlett the third died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

This is a murder that's hitting home for many in the Henrico police department. Hewlett is the son of a retired Henrico homicide detective.

"Everybody in the homicide unit is close to the victim's father and cared very much about him. Everyone works hard as they can. They do the same for all the cases," adds Kizer. 

In the coming weeks, investigators will continue identifying forensic evidence from the murder scene.

A motive has been determined, but Kizer will not release it right now. Police are not willing to comment whether or not they are looking for more suspects.

The preliminary hearing for Jackson has been set for January 21st at 1:30pm.

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