Man found guilty of 2015 murder

Published 4:51 pm Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Circuit Court jury on Wednesday delivered guilty verdicts for one of three men accused of choking and beating their friend before pushing his body into a North Suffolk lake last year.

Nathaniel Charles McCoy Jr., 23, was found guilty of first-degree murder, murder by mob, conspiracy and shoot, stab, cut or wound in commission of a felony.

He was one of three who killed Donta Williams of Portsmouth on Jan. 20, 2015. According to testimony, they choked him with a garrote and beat him with a hammer and their fists before pushing his body into Lake Mathews, near the Department of Defense complex.

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The other two suspects, Kyle Lamar Purvis and Tremayne L. Johnson, have already taken plea deals. Johnson was a witness for the commonwealth in this week’s trial, which lasted three days.

The jury recommended a sentence of two life terms plus 15 years.

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