Woman charged with Newport News man's murder, victim's son speaks



Posted on March 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 12 at 5:41 PM

HAMPTON -- A woman arrested in Georgia and thought to be connected to the disappearance of a local man has now been charged with his murder. 

Wanda Dobbins has been extradited to Hampton from Georgia.  She is charged with the murder of Tommy Alley of Newport News.  She is also charged with abduction. 

Darren Johnson is also waiting to be extradited to Hampton on the same charges.

Alley's body was found in an empty house on Eastmoreland Drive last week.  He died from asphyxiation. 

Alley's son Charlie reported him missing on February 21.

Charlie told 13News that Dobbins and Johnson were spotted driving Alley's truck after allegedly robbing a Home Depot.  The two were in the same truck when they led Georgia Police on a chase and were eventually arrested last weekend.

Charlie daydreams of his father in that black pickup truck.

"I always look over there to see if I see his pickup truck, because I mean, he's just well known for being out here, sitting in his pickup truck, smoking a cigar," said Charlie.

He says the hardest thing is thinking about his father's last minutes.

"73, defenseless.  I couldn't imagine.  I can't imagine what he was going through."

Charlie tells 13News that his father knew Dobbins and that he warned him of possible danger.

"I told him 'You need to stay away from her.  She's nothing but trouble.'"