Chesterfield man accused of killing girlfriend appears in court

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield man accused of killing his girlfriend goes before a judge.

Adrian Branch, 44, is charged with first degree murder in the death of Amy White, 38.

We saw Branch briefly over a video teleconference as he spoke with the judge about the case from jail. Police said Branch was the one who called 9-1-1 about finding his girlfriend dead.

Branch's brother left the courthouse in a hurry without saying a word about the allegations against his sibling.

Chesterfield police arrested branch after his girlfriend, Amy White, was found dead Saturday on the back porch of this home on Mockingbird Lane.

Police said she was struck with a blunt object on her face and head following an argument with Branch. Police would not reveal what the murder weapon was.

The 911 call came in about 6 p.m. that evening.

Police said Branch told the dispatcher "my girlfriend is dead, I found her she's not breathing."

The two rented a room at the home.

Police said they'd been dating on and off for four years and officers had been to the home a few times in the past for fights between the two.

The house was quiet on this day, the front porch lights still on.

Today's hearing was short.  The judge set another court date in September for a preliminary hearing, where we should find out more details about the case.

Branch remains in jail.  His attorney plans to file a motion to set bond later this week.

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