Navy Sailor Charged with Second-Degree Murder in Norfolk

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Donald Bowman. (Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff's Office)
The Virginian-Pilot |

NORFOLK -- Police arrested a 26-year-old sailor because they believe he shot a 20-year-old Chicago man dead in Huntersville over the weekend.

Donald Dwight Lee Bowman of the 6700 block of Braebourne Court in Suffolk was charged with second-degree murder, malicious wounding and two related gun charges, police said.

Bowman told a magistrate that he was active-duty Navy and had been for eight years. He said he has one child in the area and has lived in Hampton Roads for 4 1/2 years.

A little before 3 a.m. Saturday, officers went to the 700 block of Washington Ave. for a call about gunshots. When they got there, they found two men with gunshot wounds: James Nakia Henderson Jr., 20, of Chicago and a 25-year-old whom police haven't identified.

Paramedics took both men to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where Henderson died, police said. Doctors expect the 25-year-old to live.

While police were at the scene, Bowman parked a car at the Downtown Tunnel inspection station and was found with a gunshot wound.

He was also treated at Norfolk General and is being held in the City Jail without bond.

Police did not release details of the shooting or a motive.

Saturday's homicide is the 28th in Norfolk this year, including two police shootings. Norfolk police have arrested suspects in 17 of those.

There had been 41 homicides at the same point last year, including five deadly police shootings, which Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Underwood said were justified.

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