Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Jabril Jamal Holliday, 17 years old, formerly of the 1600 block of Diamond Springs Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was found guilty by a jury of First Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy. A presentence report was ordered, and Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley, who presided over the three-day trial, will sentence Holliday on September 17, 2013. Holliday was a juvenile at the time of the offense, but was certified as an adult to the Circuit Court due to the serious nature of the charges. When juveniles are certified to the Circuit Court and elect to have a jury trial, the jury does not recommend the defendant’s sentence.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on the evening of June 3, 2011, 15-year-old Jabril Holliday and his teen friend wanted to buy some marijuana. They asked an adult acquaintance, Nahshon Brown, to drive them. Holliday also called 17-year-old Kody Scruton to help them arrange the drug deal. Scruton was picked up from his Norfolk home by Holliday and the other juvenile, with Brown driving. When they could not find any marijuana, Holliday decided they would rob a drug dealer. Brown provided a gun for Holliday to use in the robbery. Scuton was uncomfortable with this plan and decided he did not want to participate. Afraid Scruton was now a “snitch,” Holliday ordered Brown to drive to a civic center off Diamond Springs Road. Holliday then ordered Scruton out of the car and behind the building. He shot Scruton in the face at close-range, killing him, and left Scruton’s body behind the building. He was found hours later by a citizen.
When Holliday was interviewed by detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department, he denied knowing Kody Scruton. Phone records proved Holliday was in contact with Scruton multiple times in the hours prior to the murder.
A friend of Scruton testified that on the night of the murder, she received a phone call from Scruton during which he stated, “I’m either going to end up in jail, or dead.”
For his role in the crimes, co-defendant Nahshon Brown pled guilty to Robbery (Attempt) and Conspiracy, and was sentenced to five (5) years in the Department of Corrections.
The juvenile who was with Holliday and Brown on the night of the murder pled guilty to Conspiracy and was committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott M. Lang and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney L. Diane Nelms. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.