Alexander Hill found guilty in Petersburg quadruple murder case

Alexander Hill found guilty in Petersburg quadruple murder case
Victims Pauline Wilkins, Vicki Chavis Ansar, Tanique Davis, Delvari Chavis (Source: Facebook)
Victims Pauline Wilkins, Vicki Chavis Ansar, Tanique Davis, Delvari Chavis (Source: Facebook)

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - It's life in prison for the man who killed a Petersburg family, leaving four people to die in a burning home. A 2-year-old boy was one of the victims.

A jury decided on Friday that Alexander Hill is guilty of capital murder and arson in the 2014 deaths.

"A family that pray together stay together," a relative said as they locked hands in front of the courthouse.

It's the one thing that kept them from losing it.

"God, you won this battle. Amen," the relative added in the prayer circle.

Vanessa Walker lost her mother.

"We are a strong family. My mother taught us how to love one another, and we are still loving one another," she said.

Delvantoe Balthrop lost his 2-year-old son.

"I'm just happy this day finally came. I've been waiting for it for years," he said.

Friday, a jury agreed Alexander Hill killed 67-year-old Pauline Wilkins, her daughter, granddaughter and great-grandson 2-year-old Delvari Chavis back in 2014 - leaving them to die in a burning home.

"Extremely disappointed. We did our best to try to show and convince this jury that Mr. Hill was innocent," said defense attorney John Rockecharlie.

A defense that crumbled in court.

"There was no police misconduct. The Petersburg Police Department, ATF, Virginia State police, marshals, FBI, all of those departments worked together, and they did the things they needed to do to get the person responsible for this crime," prosecutor Cheryl Wilson said.

"If y'all was to know them, y'all would love them. They were lovable people. They were some of the most beautiful people you ever want to meet…Every single day, I think about them. Not a day go past I don't think about them," Mumin Abdul Hakim Bin said about his relatives.

"Victory has been served. Thank you Jesus," the family said holding hands.

Although Hill was charged with capital murder, Wilson says prosecutors did not pursue the death penalty because they were dealing with potential witnesses who were no longer available and technical issues.

Hill plans to appeal his guilty verdict, but he doesn't want his current defense team to work the case.

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