Norma Glover didn’t fire the shot that killed a young Richmond man inside a busy Wendy’s restaurant in Prince George County, but a judge ruled Thursday she was equally guilty because she encouraged her half-brother to commit murder to settle her argument with a co-worker.
Accordingly, Prince George Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett found Glover guilty of first-degree murder and felony use of firearm after declaring that the evidence showed Glover “solicited and encouraged” James R. Moultrie III to fatally shoot 20-year-old Coron Bond on Labor Day 2017.
“She knew her brother was a ‘real shooter,’ and he answered the summons,” Sharrett said from the bench. “She shared his criminal intent.”
Sharrett’s decision comes nearly five months after he tried both defendants together in Prince George Circuit Court. He found Moultrie, 26, guilty after an all-day trial, but took Glover’s case under advisement, directing the prosecution and defense to file legal briefs on their respective positions. Neither side had any additional arguments on Thursday.
Sharrett said he read “many times” the briefs filed by Prince George Commonwealth’s Attorney Susan Fierro, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Timothy Dustan and defense attorney Linda Tomlin. But in addressing their arguments Thursday, the judge expressed little doubt about which side had prevailed.
Prosecutors argued that Glover, 19, was guilty of murder by aiding or abetting her half-brother, or acting as a principal in the second degree. To be found guilty, a defendant does not have to participate in the specific act of killing. But the evidence must show the defendant was present, actually or constructively, and assisting the killer in the crime.
Evidence showed that Glover, who worked at the Wendy’s, got into an argument with another employee, My’keyah Oliver, about 45 minutes before the shooting late on the afternoon of Sept. 4, 2017.
Glover yelled at and cursed Oliver outside the building because Glover had clocked out early one day earlier that week and Oliver had alerted the restaurant supervisor.
Tatiyana Wright, a friend of Glover’s who had just finished her shift and was waiting for Glover to drive her home, told investigators that Glover was very angry and during this time, Wright spoke with her boyfriend at Riverside Regional Jail. During the call, which was recorded, Glover can be heard in the background saying, “I got those brown shooters, that gonna shoot her.”
Although phone records acquired by police do not show that Glover directly called Moultrie, the timeline does show that Glover called Wright, who then called Mamie Salley, who is the mother of both Moultrie and Glover. Two minutes after that call, Salley called Moultrie. Moultrie then made a series of calls starting at 3:41 p.m., according to evidence.
Authorities tracked Moultrie’s calls that originated near his home and then moved toward the Wendy’s inside the Pilot Travel Center gas station on County Drive.
About 4 p.m., Moultrie pulled into the parking lot, got out of his car and walked into the restaurant dressed in black with a hoodie covering his face. As he entered with Glover, according to prosecutors, Glover was heard to say, “That’s him, that’s him right there,” directing her comments to Bond, who was Oliver’s boyfriend.
Moultrie then said, “I heard you have a problem with my sister, you got a problem with my sister,” before firing two shots in quick succession, killing Bond. The restaurant was filled with customers and employees.
Bond, who was a sophomore at Virginia State University, was minding his own business and was not involved in the earlier dispute between Glover and Oliver. When he was shot, Bond was sitting at a table looking at his cellphone while he waited at the restaurant for a friend to pick him up for a trip they planned together to North Carolina.
He was worried about his girlfriend because of the earlier dispute with Glover and decided to stay at the restaurant for a while to make sure there was no further trouble, according to trial testimony.
Moultrie then fled his car, followed by Glover in her vehicle. “She fled right along with him, and she acted exactly as Moultrie,” the judge said.
Sharrett also noted that Glover knew her half-brother was capable of violence with a gun because he was convicted in Petersburg in 2014 of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting Glover’s father. He was sentenced to serve three years in prison and released on probation on Dec. 19, 2016, less than nine months before the Wendy’s shooting.
“She knew Moultrie had killed in the past and she considered him to be crazy,” Fierro wrote in the brief to the judge. “Despite knowing of Moultrie’s murderous ways, she aimed this murderer at Bond and armed him with a reason to do Bond harm.”
Fierro said Moultrie did not know Bond or have any reason to target him, and for whatever reason, Glover directed her anger with Oliver toward Bond. “All these circumstances prove that Glover acted as principal in the second degree to the murder of Bond,” she wrote.
After convicting Glover, Sharrett set sentencing for Jan. 3. She faces up to life in prison plus three years.
The judge sentenced Moultrie in July to life behind bars for Bond’s murder and eight additional years for two firearm counts.