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Motel employee jailed in connection with homicide of James City County man

Michael Dean Slye (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Michael Dean Slye (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of a James City County man, whose body was found in a grassy area near a motel in the Lightfooot area.

Michael Dean Slye, 59, was booked into the Virginia Peninsula Jail Thursday on a single count of second-degree murder “in relation to the death of Terrence Orlando Pressey.”

He is being held without bond. Slye was a resident and employee of the motel, police said.

James City County Police said officers were called to at 7:30 a.m. Saturday to the Motel Zima at 6493 Richmond Road after “somebody” saw a body lying in the grass next to the parking lot.

An autopsy conducted by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Norfolk ruled homicide was the manner of death.

Police declined to release information on how Pressey was killed, saying only their preliminary investigation “revealed that Slye killed Pressey sometime on the evening of Aug. 28 following a verbal altercation.”

“Investigations have asked that we not release that because it’s still an ongoing investigation,” James City County Police Deputy Chief Steve Rubino said.

Authorities are still asking for information to help in their investigation. Any information about the case can be relayed by calling the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP. You may also submit tips at

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John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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