Commonwealth v. Damien Michael Dukes; Man Found Guilty of Killing Mother with Dumbbell

Monday, May 02, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Damien Michael Dukes, 28 years old, formerly of the 4200 block of Old Lyne Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was found guilty by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley of Second Degree Murder.  Dukes is scheduled to be sentenced on August 30, 2016 and faces a maximum punishment of forty (40) years in prison.

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on April 10, 2014, Damien Michael Dukes called 911 and told the dispatcher that he murdered his 52-year-old mother, Victory Star Winner, the day before.  Dukes had been staying with his mother in a room she rented at the Studios for Less hotel in Virginia Beach. They had an argument because Winner told Dukes she was moving and he would need to find somewhere to live.  Dukes also told the dispatcher that he thought she was going to take his car and his cat.  Dukes hit Winner in the head with a dumbbell weight multiple times then covered her with a blanket. He told the dispatcher in which room police could find his mother and that he would cooperate with police.  Police arrived on scene, took Dukes into custody, and pronounced Winner deceased. 

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Patrick J. Connolly and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Andrew Rice prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.​