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.


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.”