Thursday, December 8, 2022

Man arrested in York County in connection with fatal Newport News stabbing

Lawrence Smith, 43, was arrested and charged with a stabbing on Easter in Newport News. (Courtesy photo/NNPD)
Lawrence Smith, 43, was arrested and charged with a stabbing on Easter in Newport News. (Courtesy photo/NNPD)

A suspect in a fatal stabbing on Easter in Newport News was arrested later that night at a York County gas station.

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a gas station on George Washington Memorial Highway around 8:30 p.m., after a relative of Lawrence Smith, 43, called the sheriff’s office so Smith could turn himself in, according to Shelley Ward, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

Smith is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 39-year-old Laquita Ball.

According to a Newport News Police Department Facebook post, police were dispatched to a house in the 100 block of Louise Drive in Newport News around 5:45 p.m. for a reported stabbing.

Police arrived to find Ball suffering from several stab wounds. She was transported to a local hospital, where she died at 7:22 p.m.

Police identified Smith, who was known to Ball, as a suspect in the stabbing.

After Smith’s relative called the sheriff’s office around 8:45 p.m., both sheriff’s office deputies and Newport News Police responded to the gas station, a Wawa located near the intersection of Wolf Trap Road and George Washington Memorial Highway.

Newport News detectives took Smith into custody when they arrived, Ward said.

We were happy to assist with getting this suspect off the street,” a York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Facebook post reads.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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