Court papers give firsthand account of murder

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Some frightening moments were uncovered as a woman found her friend dead, witnessed another die and then watched as the suspect fled with her son.  These shocking details emerged from court documents in the Jamal Clemons case.  The narratives in the search warrants and affidavits told a horrifying tale of double murder, robbery and abduction that left a community on edge for days.

The parking lot at Bennett Funeral Home was packed as mourners gathered to remember murder victim Robin Clapp.  Dozens grieve the life taken too soon and in such a brutal manner.

Christmas eve, Clapp's friend went to a home in the 800 block of North 35th Street to visit; she was met at the door by a man she'd never seen.  When she went in, she saw Clapp dead on the floor, according to police, lying face down in a pool of blood.  Then, the woman watched as the man shot Eddie Lee Bowmer in the head.   The witness fled with the suspect close behind.  He then took her SUV with her two-year-old son Kaiden in the backseat.

This terrifying story, listed in search documents from the five crime scenes, is the first account of what happened inside the Church Hill home.  The suspect, now identified as Jamal Clemons, should soon be facing murder and abduction charges, in addition to the robbery and gun charges already filed.

It's possible his mother may soon be in trouble with the law, as well.  According to the documents, a witness said Robin Mines was in the house at the time of the shooting and left carrying a pillow case full of items.  And, detectives observed Mines with blood on her face, clothing and shoes.  In a house just up the street, police confiscated a pillow case, jewelry, medication in Eddie Bowmer's name and a 40-caliber magazine.  So far though, the murder weapon has not been recovered.

Also Tuesday, the State Medical Examiner's Office told NBC12 Bowmer died of gunshot wound to the neck, while a bullet to the head killed Clapp.

Jamal Clemons, who has a long rap sheet, had been released from jail just one day before the Christmas Eve crime spree.

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