CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A 17-year-old Virginia boy has pleaded guilty to beating his 87-year-old neighbor to death with a hammer last year.
Raphael Angel Vargas pleaded guilty Friday in the April killing of Bryan Walker of Chesterfield. Vargas is scheduled for sentencing on April 14.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch says a prosecutor told the judge that DNA testing on a drop of blood found behind Vargas’ right ear showed that it was Walker’s blood.
Investigators also found Masonic pins and cuff links belonging to Walker at Vargas' home.
Walker was a longtime Mason and member of Chesterfield’s Preservation Committee.