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Navy sailor on crack bender in Virginia kills man with dumbbell, police say

Posted at 1:46 PM, Mar 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-15 13:46:37-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Virginia said that a U.S. Navy sailor on a “crack bender” killed a man with a dumbbell.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Herbert Bryant, 45, was found dead Friday in Virginia Beach.

Two people have been charged in connection with his death. One of them is sailor Jason Jablonski, 41, of Virginia Beach, according to court records. He was charged with second-degree murder.

Heather Totty, 35, of Virginia Beach, has been charged with accessory to murder after the fact, court records state.

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Jablonski had been on a “crack bender” and got into a fight with Bryant inside a home, according to a bail determination sheet filed in court. Jablonski struck Bryant with a dumbbell and then pushed it down on his neck until he stopped moving, court documents allege.

Totty was there when it happened and helped Jablonski take the body outside, according to court documents. Jablonski fled to a hotel, while Totty tried to clean up the residence, police said.

It's unclear how the three people knew one another.

An attorney listed for Jablonski in court documents did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. The public defender's office, which is representing Totty, declined to comment.

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