Alexander Hill Jr. silent in first VA court appearance

Alexander Hill Jr. silent in first VA court appearance

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The suspect in a quadruple Petersburg murder gets his day in court Friday but authorities say he did not want to cooperate and even refused to address the judge during the entire proceeding.

Alexander Hill's arraignment in Petersburg follows his capture by U.S. Marshals in New York just last month. Now NBC12 is learning - investigators are working to collect forensic evidence that they hope will bring a conviction for the deaths of three women and a two-year-old boy.

The crime that unfolded more than a year ago finds a family still coming to terms with it. Friday, they listened as the suspect in the case appeared before a Virginia judge for the first time.

"This is my Aunt Pauline. This is my cousin Vickie, her daughter and her grandson," Raymond Washington said pointing to a button with his loved ones photos.

Raymond Washington is battling emotions as he watched his relatives accused killer for the first time in court.

"I try to live with it day by day. I have to depend on God to give me the strength, and the family to give each other the strength to go through. This is not an easy task. Being here right now is not easy," Washington said standing in front of the courthouse.

His loved ones were found dead in a burning home. Since that time, suspect Alexander Hill disappeared for a year. He was interviewed by a New York television station, in disguise, where he was getting assistance from a soup kitchen. He was quickly arrested and returned to Virginia. In court Friday, he had to be restrained in a chair where he appeared by video.

"The defendant did not want to participate...Because these are necessary proceedings and the gravity of the charges, the court instructed Riverside {Regional Jail} to bring him in there and do what they needed to do to ensure that this proceeding was done," said prosecutor Cassandra Conover.

NBC 12 obtained the multiple arrest warrants charging Hill with four counts of 1st degree murder and two more felony charges, possessing child pornography and encouraging a child to perform or be the subject of sexually explicit material. Police say those last two crimes occurred just two days before the quadruple murder.

"They didn't deserve what happened to them," Washington said fighting tears.

After the hearing, reporters asked Conover if she will consider heightening the charges to include capital murder.

"All charges are possible," she said.

Hill is due back in court on September 25th.

A judge appointed attorney John Rockecharlie to represent Hill. Friday, Rockecharlie said he's just learning of the appointment and has no comment.

Hill faces four murder charges connected to the April 19, 2014 deaths of Pauline Wilkins, her daughter Vicki Chavis Ansar, along with granddaughter Tanique Davis and great grandson Delvari Chavis. A multitude of tips poured into law enforcement agencies, after media around the nation reported Hill was officially charged with four counts of murder Sunday. Petersburg prosecutors filed the murder charges a year after the Harding Street quadruple homicide.

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