Quadruple homicide prompts calls for statewide domestic violence registry
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A quadruple homicide out of Petersburg is prompting calls to change Virginia law. Family members of the victims say domestic violence is to blame, and they want to see a new domestic violence registry.
It would be similar to the sex offender registry.
"A domestic violence registry," said family member Marlow Jones. "Exactly. Just like a sex offender registry. Nobody really wants that on their record."
Jones lost his cousin in the quadruple homicide. He has drafted a petition on change.org. He is taking his fight to the State Capitol.
"I know where you and your kids live. I will lay you all down. I know where your mother lives," said Alexander Hill, Jr in a scary phone call according to court documents.
That call prompted a preliminary protective order against Hill. He is now a person of interest in the death of a mother, sister, niece and nephew.
Search warrants show an investigator saw 'puncture wounds' in two victims and Hill had texted a friend the morning of that fire. Another document shows Hill had been accused of threatening another woman, Vivian Chavis, for months. Chavis also lived at the home and is related to the victims (identified through family members): Pauline Wilkins; Wilkins' daughter Vicki Ansar; Ansar's daughter Tanique Chavis; and Chavis' son, Delvari.
They were all relatives of Marlow Jones. Jones is now calling for action against those with two or more protective orders.
"We need to intervene right then," said Jones. "Whether it is suspended license, put a locator on them like house arrest, anything where we can track this guy and track his behavior."
NBC 12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin says the move will not be easy to enact as law of the land.
"You can't lock somebody up or put an ankle monitor on them if they haven't been convicted of a crime," said Benjamin. "Use the police. Use the system. Use the courts."
Benjamin urges victims not to stop at the protective order.
"Press charges," said Benjamin. "Use the police. The police are there to protect us."
Meanwhile, Jones is taking matters in his owns hands. He plans to open a community center to address things like domestic violence, and he'll continue pushing this petition in favor of that new law.
"And I would love for the lawmakers to name it after my family...the Chavis-Washington law. They would still be here right to this day if we take this thing serious."
Jones plans to open that community center at the end of the May. The U.S. Marshals are offering a $5,000 reward on information leading to Hill's arrest.
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