Commonwealth v. Andrew Wesley Roberts; Jury Recommends 11 Years in Prison for Murder of Security Guard

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Andrew Wesley Roberts, 29 years old, formerly of the 2000 block of Harton Circle in Chesapeake, Virginia, was found guilty by a jury of Second Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm.  The jury fixed his punishment at 11 years in prison. Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley, who presided over the three-day trial, will formally sentence Roberts on April 20, 2016.

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on the evening of May 21, 2014, Andrew Wesley Roberts and two women went to the Tropical Delights Club on Indian River Road in Virginia Beach.   Tyrone Martin was working as a security guard, checking IDs at the front door. After Roberts and the women went inside the bar, Martin approached one of the women because she had not shown her ID.  An argument ensued between Martin and the woman until she went out to her car and still refused to provide her ID. Roberts, who left Tropical Delights after the woman, also began to argue with Martin. Roberts pulled out a gun and fired three times at Martin, striking him twice.  Martin collapsed inside Tropical Delights and died at the hospital two days later.  The entire incident was caught on video surveillance and played during the jury trial.

Roberts first fled in a car, then got out and fled on foot. He threw the gun into a river the next day.  He then fled to Atlanta, Georgia.  Warrants were obtained for his arrest just four days after the incident.  He was ultimately arrested in Georgia and was extradited to Virginia for trial.

Roberts has a prior conviction for Concealed Weapon.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Michael D. Defricke and Adam J. Lantz prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Pridgen Allen if additional information is desired.