Medical Examiner: Woman shot in the head in Portsmouth, police continue to look for killer

Posted at 5:43 PM, Apr 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-27 23:34:40-04

Portsmouth, Va. – A Portsmouth woman was shot in the head, according to the Medical Examiner Office in Norfolk.

Monday NewsChannel 3 learned more about the final minutes of Emily Spence's life through court documents.

The 29-year-old was at her next door neighbor's house when she was murdered according to her landlord.

Police received the 911 call at approximately 2:15 p.m. on April 13th, requesting medical and police assistance to the 1900 block of Holladay Street for a woman who had been shot.

When officers arrived, they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper part of her body. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene.

A witness told investigators that she was in the house with Spence when two men,  who the witness did not know, came in and made threats.

The documents state that the men "demanded money and threatened to kill them both" and then states a man, armed with a gun shot Spence in the head.

The records state that the men then ran out of the house. It’s been exactly two weeks and no one has been arrested.

Robert Slaughter rented a room to Spence.  He said, "Considering what happened, I personally am still kind of fearful that it was right next-door; could've been me, so I don't feel better because no one's been caught."

"She was pretty fun, considerate of others," says Slaughter.

We also learned Monday that police executed a search warrant in the home where Spence was murdered and found ammo, a bullet and a shell casing.
They also discovered scales, drug packaging material and sunglasses. Police would not comment on the items taken from the house.

Neighbors we spoke with said they didn't know about any drug activity.

They said they're hoping someone is arrested soon. Slaughter and others who live in the neighborhood tell NewsChannel 3 they're fearful and hope the killer is locked up soon.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may have seen or heard anything in the area is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Callers never have to give their name or testify in court. If a caller’s tip leads to an arrest, they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.