AJ Lacy sentenced to 50 years for Denby Park murder

March 27, 2010
Alton Joe "A.J." Lacy

Alton Joe "A.J." Lacy

Alton Joe “AJ” Lacy was sentenced on Friday to 50 years in prison.   He received 20 years for second-degree murder, five years for the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and 25 years for probation violations.

Lacy, who is 30 years old, plead guilty in January to shooting Troy Booker on Fort Worth Avenue in the Denby Park neighborhood of Wards Corner.   The murder occurred on September 13, 2009.

This story was previously reported on by Wards Corner Now on September 13, 2009, September 18, 2009, and January 22, 2010.


Denby Park murderer pleads guilty

January 22, 2010

Alton Joe “AJ” Lacy, pictured to the right, was first reported on by WardsCornerNow back on September 13, 2009 and September 18, 2009 when he was wanted for the murder of Troy A. Booker.

Booker, who was 22 years old, was murdered in the 300 block of Fort Worth Avenue in Denby Park.

The Virginian-Pilot now reports:

A dispute and threats among street cocaine dealers led to a September 2009 fatal shooting and a guilty plea to second-degree murder and a firearm charge Thursday in Circuit Court.

Alton Joe “AJ” Lacy Jr,, 30, admitted to shooting twice at Troy Booker, 22, on Fort Worth Avenue in Denby Park. Booker died at the scene; a bag containing crack cocaine was found on him, according to facts stipulated to in court.

Lacy told police he had been selling cocaine in the area and that, after threats and attacks on previous days, he believed it was “him or me,” according to the stipulation.

Sentencing was scheduled for March 26, according to online court records.

WANTED: “AJ” Lacy for Denby Park murders

September 18, 2009

AJLacyThe Virginian-Pilot is reporting that Alton Joe “AJ” Lacy is wanted on murder and firearms charges.

Lacy is accused of killing Troy A. Booker, 22, in the 300 block of Fort Worth Avenue in Denby Park on Sunday night.

Police described Lacy as a short-haired, dark-skinned black man, 5-feet-7 and 210 pounds, with at least two tattoos: “wisdom, beauty, strength” on his left arm, and “M.O.B.” on his right bicep. He frequents Denby Park, Berkley and Tanners Creek, , but his last address wasn’t known, Amos said.

Police asked anyone with information to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).

Wards Corner Now previously reported on this murder on September 13, 2009 in “Homicide in Denby Park“.

Homicide in Denby Park

September 13, 2009

According to the Virginian Pilot:

Police are on the scene of a fatal shooting in the 300 block of Fort Worth Ave.

Police were called to the neighborhood shortly after 9 p.m. for reports of shots fired and when they arrived found a 22-year-old man who had been shot, said Karen Parker-Chesson, Norfolk police spokeswoman. Medics pronounced the man dead at 9:11 p.m.

Another murder in Denby Park / Oakdale Farms

April 23, 2009

The Virginian-Pilot reports:

A man was shot and killed this morning at an apartment complex on East Little Creek Road.

The shooting was reported at 2:52 a.m. in the 400 block of E. Little Creek, said Karen Parker-Chesson, a spokeswoman for the police department.

She said the man was found inside an apartment building at the address, but she didn’t know any other details.

The man, described by Parker-Chesson as unidentified, was pronounced dead at 3 a.m.

No arrests have been made, she said.

The Pilot’s article:  Man shot, killed on E. Little Creek Road in Norfolk

Lt. Todd Cox murder on Nancy Grace / CNN

November 11, 2008

The April 24, 2008 murder of LT Todd Cox is being featured on Nancy Grace on CNN.  Grace did a short segment on this case last Friday, and we will do another this Friday, the 14th on CNN Headline News at 8pm and 10pm.

The following are pertinent excerpts from the transcript of last Friday’s show:

GRACE: And tonight, a hometown Navy officer gunned down in cold blood. No, not in Iraq, not in Afghanistan, in upscale Virginia suburbs, and the tragedy unfolds directly in front of the victim`s two little girls, his fiancee and the family dog on a stroll in a quaint, pristine neighborhood. Tonight, the manhunt. Who killed Navy Lieutenant Todd Cox (ph)?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We went from planning a wedding to a funeral. And it`s just the same nightmare every day you wake up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A fiancee desperate for help, speaking out after her future husband brutally gunned down. Naval Lieutenant Todd Cox went for a walk with his family. Out of nowhere, a pick-up truck pulls up, a gunman walks up to Todd and fires at point-blank range, hitting Todd multiple times, the brutal murder right in front of his own fiancee and family. Now his fiancee begs for just one tip, so justice is served.
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New Years murderer from Denby Park sentenced

October 17, 2008

The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that 18 year old Kristen Steen pleaded guilty to second degree murder and a firearm charge and has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.  Steen shot and killed Jamal Mathews on New Years Eve in front of Game Stop in Southern Shopping Center.

Testimony [. . .] indicated that the confrontation between Steen and Matthews began when Steen asked “What’s cracking?”

“What’s popping?” Matthews replied.

Steen then shot Matthews. A witness testified at the earlier hearing that Steen’s greeting is used by Crips gang members.  Matthews’ reply is used by the Bloods [gang].

Steen is believed to have been a resident of, and captured in, Denby Park.

Previous Wards Corner Now articles related to this murder:

GameStop murderer pleads guilty (6/17/08)

Police identify man shot at Southern Shopping Center (1/3/08)

Man dies after being shot in front of video game store in Southern Shopping Center (12/31/07)

Denby Park murderer identified and at large

October 15, 2008

Police are looking for Craig Robert Mounger, 20, of Norfolk.  He is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds and goes by the nickname “Stress,” police said.  Police consider him armed and dangerous.

Further information from the Virginian-Pilot article:

On Monday 24-year-old William E. Bonney Jr. was shot after 11 p.m. in the 7600 block of MacDonald Road and later died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call The Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Murder in Denby Park

October 14, 2008

Late Monday night, police received a call about a shooting in the 7600 block of MacDonald Road, in Denby Park.

The victim was killed and the shooter is at large.

One Denby Park resident wrote in and said, “this ruckus went on for an hour (in the middle of the street) before the shooting”.

Anyone with information can call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

A very short Virginian-Pilot article on this murder can be found here.

UPDATE: The victim and the shooter knew each other and had an argument.  The shooter is a black male who fled the scene in a green ford escort.  The police are asking that if you see anything suspicious matching the above description you give them a call immediately.

GameStop murderer pleads guilty

June 17, 2008

We first reported on the murder in front of GameStop at Southern Shopping Center on December 31, 2007 and again on January 3, 2008.  Now the Virginian-Pilot reports that the murderer, Kristen Lavon Steen, has plead guilty to second degree murder and to the use of a firearm in commission of a felony.  The article implies that the murder may have been gang related.

A prosecutor’s summary of evidence says that Matthews and a girl were approached by Steen and another male in the shopping center.

“What’s cracking?” Steen asked Matthews.

“What’s popping?” he replied.

Steen then shot him, the summary states.

The greetings are used, though not exclusively, by members of rival Crips and Bloods street gangs, the summary says.

Read the Virginian-Pilot article: Teen pleads guilty to fatal shooting outside Norfolk store

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