MURDER USA: Newport News Police announce the arrest of Lawrence Smith in Easter Sunday fatal stabbing

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MURDER USA: Newport News Police announce the arrest of Lawrence Smith in Easter Sunday fatal stabbing

Lawrence Smith of Louise Drive in Newport News charged in fatal stabbing of Laquita Ball on April 1, 2018 
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NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – Newport News Police report the quick arrest of an Easter Sunday murder suspect when he turned himself in to the York County Sheriff.

On April 1st, 2018 at approximately 5:44 PM, Newport News Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Louise Drive in reference to a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers located the victim, 39-year-old Laquita Ball of the 100 block of Louise Drive, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Ms. Ball was transported by medics to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries at 7:22 PM.

The suspect, who is known to the victim, was identified as 43-year-old Lawrence Smith of the 100 block of Louise Drive in Newport News. A family member of Smith called the York County Sheriff’s Office, so he could turn himself in.

Smith was taken into custody at a gas station on Route 17 in York County. Smith was transferred to Newport News and was subsequently charged with Murder 1st Degree.

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