Sailor charged with murder after killing man with dumbbell

On Monday, Jason Jablonski appeared in Virginia Beach District Court for arraignment. He has served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years.

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Accused of killing a man with a dumbbell, a Navy sailor was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. A woman who allegedly witnessed the murder was also arrested and charged with accessory to murder after the fact.

At approximately 7:31 a.m. on March 11, Virginia Beach police officers were dispatched to a residence where they located the deceased body of Herbert Bryant. According to a bail determination sheet filed in court, U.S. Navy sailor Jason Jablonski was on a “crack bender” when he got into a fight with Bryant inside the home.

During the fight, Jablonski allegedly struck Bryant in the face with a dumbbell before pushing it down on Bryant’s neck until he became motionless. Heather Totty, who was reportedly inside the residence at the time, helped Jablonski drag the body outside, according to court documents.

While Jablonski fled to a hotel, Totty attempted to clean up the residence afterward and gathered Bryant’s things. Police later found Bryant’s possessions in a dumpster.

On Monday, Jablonski appeared in Virginia Beach District Court for arraignment. He has served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years.

In a recent press release, the Virginia Beach Police Department announced that Jablonski has been charged with second-degree murder. Totty was charged with accessory to murder after the fact.

Both Jablonski and Totty were ordered held without bond until a bond hearing scheduled for Thursday.

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