VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - We are learning new details about an elderly Virginia Beach couple found dead inside their home.
Police found the bodies of 80-year-old Eugene McNeely and 84-year-old Mary McNeely on July 5.
Police say someone killed the couple in their home in the Windsor Woods section of Virginia Beach.
According to police, the couple's grandson, 35-year-old Donta Jarma Brown, is a possible suspect and has been arrested on unrelated drug charges.
"We are pretty confident the person that we interviewed that night will be responsible for that homicide," says Adam Bernstein with the Virginia Beach Police.
The search warrant suggests that family members suspect that on July 4 Brown killed his grandparents, in the home he shared with them.
The day Mary McNeely was killed she told another family member that Donta was "driving her crazy."
Later on July 4, she was talking to a family member when he "snatched the phone out of her hand and began to accuse her of talking about him behind his back," the warrant goes on to say, "the line was then disconnected."
The next day at 2:55 a.m., Brown called a family member and said, "he was leaving town suddenly...he had a plane to catch."
Later, Brown told his stepfather he was going to receive $70,000 in his grandparents' will.
Fearing the worst, the family called police to the house where the bodies of Mary and her husband Eugene were found. Police say Brown was missing.
Police found Brown, mostly by luck, at a local hotel. They were investigating a fire alarm that had been pulled. The man they questioned turned out to be Brown.
Virginia Beach Police spokesperson Adam Bernstein said, "The officer had heard the be on the lookout on the radio, and he said 'oh my goodness I just spoke to that person at the hotel'." So the officer returned to the hotel. They got a search warrant, and searched Brown's fifth floor room.
The search warrant shows when police searched Brown's room they found cocaine and marijuana. Brown was charged, and remains in jail without bond on the drug charges, but not charged with murder in connection with the death of his grandparents.
The search warrant on the house also says police found a knife which was taken into evidence. The medical examiner has determined the McNeelys' died as a result of blunt force trauma.
Police are confident Brown is the man responsible, but they're going through the evidence with a fine tooth comb before they move to charge him.
"We aren't in a rush because he is not going anywhere. We are going through the evidence," said Bernstein.
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