Murder suspect skips court

Published 10:13pm Monday, July 29, 2013

Portsmouth police are asking for help from the public in finding a man who did not show up in court on Monday to face charges of murder.

Jason Christopher McCoy, 26, had been scheduled to appear in connection with the 2005 shooting death of 28-year-old Terrace Wilson. Police have named him a fugitive and lodged a contempt of court charge against him for failing to appear, according to a press release from the Portsmouth Police Department.

Jason C. McCoy
Jason C. McCoy

A Portsmouth police spokeswoman stated that McCoy is known to have connections in Suffolk, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Virginia Beach and that he also frequents Charlotte, N.C. Police warn that he should be considered dangerous.

McCoy was one of three people indicted for Wilson’s murder. Two co-defendants, Devon Riddick and Terry Termaine Bullock, have been convicted of murder for the attack. McCoy was scheduled to answer the charge on Monday.

On June 20, 2005, Wilson was in his vehicle on Rodman Avenue when he was approached by three males wearing masks, who attempted to rob him. As he attempted to drive away from the area, Wilson was shot. He died at the scene.

Anyone with information about McCoy’s location is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or text “Portsmouth,” plus the tip, to 274637. Callers to Crime Line do not have to give their names or appear in court. If information leads to an arrest, the caller could qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

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  • lisar18

    “I am so upset that “So What” can compare this KILLER to a Travon Martin situation. This guy is still robbing and hurting people, jail is not go enough for him. He has no fear of dying the way he keep hurting people. He is driving a Black Accura around Suffolk everyday.

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  • Savannah

    I agree with Lovebug, this isn’t really on the police, they don’t decide who is released for something like this.

    No, that’s a decision made by prosecutors and judges.

    At any rate, it’s a failure of our criminal justice system. We’ll attempt to prosecute someone for defending his life in the name of mob justice (and the mobs will press further even after he was acquitted), not for any actual proof, mind you. However, someone who was indicted for murder (a murder that happened 8 years ago!) is out (without an ankle bracelet apparently)and now at large because we didn’t put him where he belonged in the first case. Win. Not.

    Anyway, now we have this guy to deal with. Thanks Portsmouth legal system!

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  • Lovebug

    The POLICE have nothing to do with this man staying in jail or not and waiting for his court date to come around. They did their job its up to the rest to do theirs.

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  • jrSuffolk

    Police warn that he should be considered dangerous? So they let him back into the neighborhood to compromise the public’s safety. Something is wrong with this!

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  • chief601

    “Portsmouth police are asking for help from the public in finding a man who did not show up in court on Monday to face charges of murder.”

    That’s surprising – no down right shocking.

    “Police have named him a fugitive and lodged a contempt of court charge against him for failing to appear, according to a press release from the Portsmouth Police Department.”

    Now he’s in trouble – he defied the judge.

    “Police warn that he should be considered dangerous.”

    Then why is he out of jail? Did he become dangerous when he didn’t show up for court or when (and if) he shot the guy? Hellooooooooooo!

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    • So What

      If I may, can I say democratic process, Legal process that all have access to, its Called Bail. Did I miss something here? What you must hope this doesn’t turn into a Trayvon Martin situation played out by this known criminal and any law enforcement agency or officer

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  • So What

    So how are Law Enforcement folks going to handle this when they come upon a black male, who is wearing a hoodie? Does it make it racial profiling when they go to stop him and see if this is the criminal they are seeking. with what is known I don’t think they will be stopping 70 year old Korean Women nor white men. of any age or hair color one leg or two

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    • Lovebug

      YAY where have you been “so what”? You have been completely off the grid and I was wondering if you were okay or not. Glad your back.

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      • KNRMCO

        Yes, welcome back So What. You,ve been missed!

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      • So What

        Like the Eagles I didn’t retire. I just took a long vacation. Thank you both for the welcome back, some might not be so thrilled.

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