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Man’s death ruled homicide after Virginia Beach house fire, hit-and-run

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 13:51:32-05

Roel Delua.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A man found dead after a home burned down last week was discovered to have multiple stab wounds on his body, according to Virginia Beach officials.

John Kilgore, 32, was pronounced dead on-scene after firefighters entered a burning home in the 1700 block of Rose Petal Drive last week. Medical examiners have now ruled Kilgore’s death a homicide by stabbing.

Roel Delua, 33, was arrested and charged with second degree murder and stabbing, felonious assault and felony hit-and-run. According to police, Delua hit a pedestrian with his car as he fled the burning residence.

News 3 spoke with Delua in March 2017 when his Chesapeake house burned down.

Delua remains in custody at the Virginia Beach Correctional Facility, and will next appear in court February 19.

Stay with News 3 for updates.