Commonwealth v. Edward Charles Brooks; Jury Recommends Life in Prison in Barbershop Stabbing Death

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Edward Charles Brooks, 47 years old, formerly of the 1200 block of Naxera Circle in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was found guilty of First Degree Murder after a three-day jury trial.  The jury fixed his punishment at life in prison.  Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw, who presided over the trial, will formally sentence Brooks on December 4, 2017.

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on November 7, 2015, Edward Charles Brooks and Derrell Stephens were both employed at Members Barbershop and Salon on Virginia Beach Boulevard in the City of Virginia Beach.  Brooks and Stephens did not get along due to an argument months earlier over money from a dominoes game.  On this evening, after a minor exchange of words, Stephens walked away from Brooks, who was in a back room of the shop with another co-worker and customer.  Brooks then began talking about the "American Horror Story" television series, claiming he'd show a real "American Horror Story".  Brooks then stepped into the shop where Stephens sat peacefully in a chair.  Brooks drew a knife from his pocket, lunged at him, and stabbed him in the left side. 

Police responded to the scene and found Stephens critically injured at a neighboring business.  He was transported to the hospital and underwent surgery, but died that evening.  A witness threw the knife in a nearby dumpster where it was later recovered by police.  Brooks remained in the barbershop and was arrested. 

Brooks has no criminal record.​

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Wendy Alexander and Shannon Sadler prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.