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Currituck man charged with murder in Coinjock roommate's death

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Law enforcement vehicles are shown parked near a residence on Coinjock Village Drive, Wednesday, where a Currituck man was found dead Tuesday night. The man's roommate has been charged with murder in his death.

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By Jon Hawley and Julian Eure
Staff writers

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

COINJOCK — A Cur­rituck man is in cus­tody charged with the mur­der of his room­mate fol­low­ing his ar­rest by po­lice in Ch­e­sa­peake, Vir­ginia early Wed­nes­day.

Lu­cas Molesky, 25, of Coin­jock Vil­lage Drive, Coin­jock is charged with mur­der in the death of Adam Mark­ert, 35, whose body was found at his home Tues­day evening, Cur­rituck Sher­iff Matt Be­ick­ert said.

Be­ick­ert said Cur­rituck deputies re­sponded to Mark­ert’s home at 7:38 Tues­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call from some­one who found his body and alerted au­thor­i­ties.

Be­ick­ert said de­tec­tives found “po­ten­tial weapons” in Mark­ert’s res­i­dence, but he de­clined to say how au­thor­i­ties be­lieve Mark­ert died, say­ing he would re­lease that in­for­ma­tion af­ter de­tec­tives had a chance to in­ter­view Molesky. Be­ick­ert couldn’t be reached late Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon about whether that in­ter­view had taken place.

Molesky be­came a sus­pect in Mark­ert’s slay­ing af­ter both Cur­rituck de­tec­tives and agents with the State Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted a num­ber of in­ter­views Tues­day night, Be­ick­ert said.

Molesky, who was Mark­ert’s room­mate, was not at the res­i­dence when deputies ar­rived. Also miss­ing was Mark­ert’s ve­hi­cle.

After Cur­rituck au­thor­i­ties put out an alert to other law en­force­ment to be on the look­out for the ve­hi­cle, Ch­e­sa­peake po­lice spot­ted it and made a traf­fic stop in the 2100 block of South Mil­i­tary High­way at 5:21 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Be­ick­ert said.

Ac­cord­ing to Ch­e­sa­peake Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer Leo Kosin­ski, af­ter Molesky was pulled over, he pulled out a gun and be­gan mak­ing sui­ci­dal state­ments. That prompted po­lice to cor­don off an en­tire block while a po­lice ne­go­tia­tor talked with him about sur­ren­der­ing. About 30 of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing a SWAT team, re­sponded to the scene, Kosin­ski said.

After three or three and a half hours, Molesky sur­ren­dered to po­lice, Kosin­ski said. No one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent, but, be­cause he’d been ex­posed to the el­e­ments, po­lice had Molesky med­i­cally eval­u­ated.

Be­ick­ert wasn’t cer­tain Wed­nes­day morn­ing when Molesky will be re­turned to face the mur­der charge in Cur­rituck.

Molesky may face charges in Ch­e­sa­peake as well, but none have been filed yet, Kosin­ski added.

Be­ick­ert said Cur­rituck de­tec­tives con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate Mark­ert’s death and are ask­ing any­one who had con­tact with Molesky, or who has in­for­ma­tion about what hap­pened at Mark­ert’s res­i­dence, to call them at 453-8204. In­for­ma­tion also may be given anony­mously by vis­it­ing raid­son­line or by call­ing Crime Line at 232-6070.

“We are sorry for the loss to friends and fam­ily of the dece­dent,” Be­ick­ert said. “As al­ways we will rely on our com­mu­nity for as­sis­tance. Please keep the in­for­ma­tion com­ing.”

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