Commonwealth v. Walter Lane Hubbard; Life plus 48 Years in Prison for Man who Killed Beach Pharmacist, Shot at Police

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Walter Lane Hubbard, 56 years old, formerly of the 2600 block of Bernadotte Street in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien for Attempted Capital Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer, First Degree Murder, Robbery, Attempted Robbery, and three (3) counts of Use of Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Judge O’Brien sentenced Hubbard to Life plus 48 years in prison.  Additional 15 years was suspended.

Hubbard pled guilty on February 23, 2015.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that at 10:50 a.m. on April 14, 2014, Walter Lane Hubbard entered David’s Beach Pharmacy on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach and pointed a handgun at a woman working behind the counter.  She walked away and informed pharmacist David Kilgore, who was on the phone at the time. Kilgore told the person on the other end of the phone that he was being robbed, and she hung up and called 911.  Hubbard demanded Oxycodone from Kilgore at gunpoint.  Kilgore refused to give it to Hubbard and pulled out his handgun from under the counter.  Hubbard then fired at Kilgore, striking him in the chest, and fled the store.  Kilgore was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly thereafter.


Hubbard then went to Barr’s Pharmacy, located a short distance away.  He pointed a gun at the pharmacist and again demanded Oxycodone. The pharmacist gave it to him along with other medications. As Hubbard fled, the pharmacist was able to get the license plate number to provide to police. 

Hubbard went immediately to a friend’s house in the Colony Trailer Park. The friend observed a gun in Hubbard’s waistband, and he admitted to her that he robbed a pharmacy. Police found a vehicle matching the description provided earlier and attempted to stop Hubbard.   A pursuit ensued during which Hubbard shot at several officers.  Eventually Hubbard’s vehicle came to a stop by colliding into two vehicles at the intersection of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Witchduck Road. Investigators discovered that Hubbard had stolen the vehicle and handgun from an acquaintance earlier that morning.  When interviewed by police, Hubbard admitted to all of these crimes.


Hubbard has convictions for Grand Larceny of an Automobile and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle from the 1970s. He also has recent convictions for Violation of Protective Order.


The case was prosecuted by Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin D. Stolle and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney David W. Laird. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.