Grand Jury Returns 76 Indictments: Roommate of 2008 Murder Victim Indicted for Credit Card Fraud

Roommate’s Brother Serving 50 Years for His Role in the Murder

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced that a grand jury meeting in Virginia Beach Circuit Court on Monday, May 2, 2011, returned indictments against 73 individuals charging 176 separate offenses.


Among the individuals indicted was Pamela Laverne Campbell, age 44, of the 5200 block Condor Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Campbell is charged with Obtaining Money by False Pretenses (2 counts), Obtain Credit Card >$200 by False Statements (2 counts), and False Statement to Obtain Property/Credit- $200 or More.  The charges stem from the exploitation of her relationship with her partner, Lettrelle Thornton, who was murdered on March 1, 2008.  Campbell’s brother, Tony Bryan Smith, was found guilty by a jury in January 2011 of Aggravated Malicious Wounding and Conspiracy to Commit Murder of Lettrelle Thornton.  Campbell is charged with using false information to obtain credit cards and loans in the months leading up to Thornton’s death and shortly thereafter. If convicted of all charges, Campbell faces up to 100 years imprisonment.


The grand jury indicted Mark Tietjen, age 37, of the 1100 block Battle Royal Circle, Virginia Beach, Virginia, for Felony Hit and Run – Personal Injury after an accident that critically injured a child on February 9, 2011. 

Kevin Michael Custer, age 33, of the 600 block of Spooner Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, was indicted for Second Degree Murder and Child Abuse in connection with the death of six-week-old Ryan J. Brennan on October 17, 2010. 


The grand jury also indicted four (4) individuals for felony Driving Under the Influence.  Those individuals are:



Defendant Name

Last Known Address


Michael Patrick Cosgrove

2100 block Spruce Knob Ct

Virginia Beach, VA 23456

DUI - 3rd Conviction within 10 years

Earnest Ronnie Mills III

5700 block West Hastings Arch

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

DUI - 3rd Conviction within 5 years, Drive with Revoked License – 2nd or subsequent offense

David Clinton Neil

Tamarisk Quay

Hampton, VA 23666

DUI - 3rd Conviction within 10 years, Refusal of Blood/Breath Test- 3rd DUI/Refusal within 10 years

Cindy Ann Petika

4600 block Genoa Circle

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

DUI 3rd Conviction within 10 years

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