Teen arrested for murder of Newport News woman

Posted at 12:14 PM, May 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-06 18:09:25-04

Newport News, Va. - Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of a Newport News woman that happened this past January, police tell NewsChannel 3.

On Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 3:05 a.m., Newport News police received a call for an unresponsive female lying on the floor and bleeding, inside of an apartment in the 500 Block of Logan Place.

Upon arrival, officers found a female suffering wounds to her upper body.

The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by medics.

The victim was identified as Stephanie Anne Shaw, age 41, of the residence.

Police conducted an investigation into her death, which included submitting a number of items to the state lab for examination.

Newport News search warrants detail the gruesome crime scene at Shaw's home where she lived with her 17-year-old son. Police collected evidence, including a large two-pronged fork, a 4.5 inch steak knife, and a tooth.

Police also collected samples of blood that were found everywhere from Shaw's bed sheets, kitchen counter, staircase, windows and front door. The Medical Examiner said Shaw died from blunt force trauma and sharp force trauma.

Investigators also searched Shaw's car, where they found paperwork from Newport News Public Schools showing that her son had been suspended for an assault and battery incident. There was also a court order referring her son to anger management.

The results of the forensic examinations along with the detectives’ investigation resulted in identifying a suspect in this case.

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, detectives arrested a 17-year-old Newport News man and charged him with first degree murder. The suspect was known to the victim and is being held in detention, police say.

Virginia State Code prohibits law enforcement from identifying juveniles charged with criminal offenses.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates.