Sunday, February 5, 2023

Authorities: Man made unusual statements after allegedly killing brother at their home

(WYDaily/File photo)
(WYDaily/File photo)

A man accused of killing his brother in a home they shared on Dare Road in York County made unusual statements to investigators after he was taken into custody, including that his brother “didn’t cry for mommy,” according to court papers filed in the case.

John Charles Hill, 47, was arrested late July 3 after his brother, 61-year-old Lawrence John Hill, was found dead in the master bathroom of their home. He is charged with second-degree murder.

John Charles Hill was taken into custody after their family found Lawrence Hill dead at the home, according to a criminal complaint filed in the York-Poquoson Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

In the complaint, investigators wrote John Hill made “utterances” during interviews about the homicide.

“John Hill then advised ‘I told him I loved him but I wanted my wallet back and the keys to the safe that has my guns and his guns,’” the complaint reads. “John then advised that his brother ‘didn’t want me to get in trouble so that’s why we are here.’”

Family members went to the home in the 400 block of Dare Road around 3 p.m. July 3 to check on Lawrence Hill after they were unable to get a hold of him. They saw his body after looking through a window, authorities said.

Deputies arrived soon after and found John Hill “wandering” in the house with “a red liquid consistent with blood” on his legs and shorts. They were able to remove him from the house and detain him before examining the home more closely.

The “red liquid” was found in the master bedroom and bathroom, as well as signs of a struggle including a mirror knocked from the wall and blood spatter on a vanity, according to the complaint.

Authorities believe the master bedroom belonged to Lawrence Hill. 

Sheriff’s investigators also found a fixed-blade knife and a folding pocket knife resting on top of Lawrence Hill’s left hip. He was found lying on his right side with “what appeared to be a footprint” on his back.

Authorities also found a hatchet without a handle, a pair of scissors, an empty knife case and an empty knife sheath in a bedroom they believe belonged to John Hill.

“Adjacent to these items, investigators observed what appeared to be hairs,” according to the complaint.

An investigator with the Tidewater Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined Lawrence Hill had injuries consistent with sharp-force trauma.

In interviews, John Hill allegedly told investigators “he’s dead,” and he “f—-d up but faded out so good.”

Investigators also said John Hill said his brother “wanted that” and that’s “why his hair looks so good.”

He also allegedly said “I showed off his wounds” and said his brother asked him to take care of his dog.

John Hill was booked late July 3 at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. His mug shot was unavailable on the VPRJ inmate tracker.

An online offender and defendant tracking system shows John Hill is still in supervised custody, but was taken to a hospital or medical treatment facility. The information showing he was at a medical facility was updated July 6. 

A York-Poquoson Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court clerk said there have been no other cases involving John Hill in that particular court.  

Online criminal court records in Peninsula localities show very little history relating to John Hill; he only appears once in records for an assault and battery charge in 2011 in Hampton. That charge was later dismissed.

An obituary published in WYDaily for Lawrence “Larry” Hill shows the he worked for Anheuser-Busch for more than 30 years. He lived in York County for 40 years, and was “a kindhearted, loyal and devoted man.”

The obituary lists family members including a son named Justin, longtime partner Romy Cayo and six siblings. The obituary does not mention John Hill. 

He lived a life of generous service to family, friends and neighbors, always stepping up without hesitation,” the obituary reads. “The pain of his loss can only be lessened by the many memories of his ready wit and patient counsel.”

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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