Commonwealth v. Kendal J. Romer; Murder of Wife Draws 24 Years in Prison

Monday, July 28, 2014

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Kendal J. Romer, 27 years old, who previously resided in the 1400 block of Cape Ann Way in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Steven C. Frucci on charges of Second Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm.  Judge Frucci sentenced Romer to 43 years in prison with 19 years suspended, leaving 24 years to serve.  This was the maximum under the plea agreement.


Romer pled guilty on April 30, 2014. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on May 19, 2013, Kendal Romer murdered his wife, Mattiele Romer, in their apartment on Cape Ann Way in the city of Virginia Beach.  The couple had a dispute about Mattiele’s faithfulness and had been discussing getting divorced.  Kendal Romer shot Mattiele twice and left her body in their bathtub. Romer then called his Navy supervisor and asked if they could meet.  The supervisor agreed and offered for Romer to meet at the supervisor’s house.  Once Romer arrived there with his 4-year-old daughter, he told his supervisor, “My wife is gone,” and made other statements suggesting that he had killed her.  Romer also gave the supervisor his gun, which was later analyzed and determined to be the murder weapon. Romer asked his supervisor to watch his daughter until family members came to get her, because he planned to turn himself to police. Romer then left his supervisor’s home and the supervisor called police.

Later that day, Romer drove to the police station and turned himself in.  Police analyzed two cell phones in Romer’s possession as well as computers found in the home.  The analysis revealed that Kendal and Mattiele were having marital problems and that Kendal had been spying on Mattiele using computer programs and performing checks of her cell phone.  He had downloaded information from her cell phone in the weeks leading up to the murder, with one last download on the day of the murder.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Elliott H. DeJarnette V and Paul J. Powers.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.