Chesterfield man mourned as suspect awaits court date

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - We have new details in the murder of a Chesterfield man as friends and family remember their loved one.

The group Citizens Against Crime held a vigil outside Wayne Davis' home on Old Plantation Road Thursday. Police say Davis was killed by his girlfriend, Tina Campbell.

We've not only learned how Davis died, but that he may be part of a growing trend in domestic abuse. It's a crime that often goes unreported: violence by women against men. But according to the YWCA, there are significantly more cases being reported.

In Chesterfield at the vigil for Wayne Davis, the suspect's mother says she never thought her daughter would take her aggression this far. Grief stricken relatives of Davis pulled together Thursday as they struggle with his brutal death.

"I know Wayne is better off than where he was," said Davis' Aunt, Delores Mickleberry.

According to the Richmond Medical Examiner's office, Davis died of sharp force injury to his neck. Still in shock, Campbell's mother, says she can't yet face her daughter.

"She was bipolar and didn't take her medications so it just got out of hand," said Patricia Pulliam.

Pulliam says Campbell had a history of being abusive.

"Most of her life towards everybody," said Pulliam.

In fact, Campbell spent two months in jail last year for assaulting Davis. The two dated off and on for two years.

Becky lee with the Richmond YWCA says people find it difficult to see women in the role of "primary aggressor" but it's happening more often.

"It may be a self defense it may be a retaliation but it may have been the fact that she has been the primary aggressor throughout the relationship that's just something we are seeing more of," said Lee.

Sometimes men don't report the abuse out of fear of being shamed or ridiculed.

"I think it was a little shame because the man is supposed to be the macho type and he didn't believe in beating women," said Mickleberry about her nephew.

Davis' funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 1:30pm at Mimms Funeral Home on Hull Street. Meanwhile, Campbell, remains in jail without bond on a first degree murder charge. She'll be in court August 26.

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