Commonwealth v. Richard Wayne Woltz; Elderly Man to Serve over 12 Years for Killing Wife

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Richard Wayne Woltz, 75 years old, of the 1700 block of Five Forks Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today for Second Degree Murder.  Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick sentenced Woltz to twelve (12) years and eight (8) months in prison.

Woltz pled guilty on January 29, 2019.  Had this case gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on January 8, 2018, Richard Wayne Woltz requested medical assistance using his 5Star Urgent Response medical alert device. Virginia Beach EMS and Fire responded to his home and began to treat Woltz for a self-inflicted laceration to his throat.  They noticed a body on the floor covered with a towel and called police to the home.  Woltz told them, "She's been dead a couple of days," "I killed her," and "She went crazy." 

Mrs. Woltz was 75-years-old and was watching television on the couch when Mr. Woltz killed her.  She had five (5) stab wounds to the chest, two (2) to the neck, and fifteen (15) to the head.  She also had six (6) blunt force injuries to her head, multiple contusions over the head and neck, and a laceration on her finger.  Mr. Woltz told police that he planned to kill his wife then himself.  He stated that she would be "better off dead," because she was
"basically losing her mind" and was "in great pain."  He placed the towel over her when she was dead, then tried to kill himself, but was still bleeding after a couple of days.  He told police that he activated his medical alert device to get help for himself because he "didn't do a very good job of killing himself." 

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Tabitha B. Anderson and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jessica C. Koepf prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.