Woman accused of stabbing her mother to death in Gloucester County


GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities say a 29-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly killing her mother in Gloucester County.

The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release 29-year-old Christa Joanne Pohorence is charged with second-degree murder and while in the commission of a felony in connection to the death of 72-year-old Marsha Joan Pohorence.

The release said deputies were dispatched to a home in the 1600 block of Abingdon Lane in the early morning hours of Tuesday for a reported homicide.

This is where neighbors say the mother and daughter lived together (Photo credit: Aesia Toliver/WAVY)

Responding deputies found Marsha Pohorence, the home’s owner, dead inside her bedroom. An investigation found she was stabbed to death by her daughter, Christa Pohorence.

Next door neighbor Mary Batchelor says she’s shocked and confused.

“The doorbell rang this morning at about 4:50 and there was a sergeant investigator. She started asking my husband questions, have we heard any disturbances or anything, which we never have, the family next door is real quiet,” Batchelor explained. 

Batchelor says she hadn’t seen the mother in two weeks, which was unusual. 

“She was a very sweet lady, very introverted so to speak, never asked for anything, but she was in failing health. Actually her daughter had come back here about 2 to 3 years ago and was helping her around the house,” added neighbor Williams Evans.

Christa Pohorence is being held at the Gloucester County Jail without bond.

Officials with the Gloucester criminal district court say she was not arraigned, but has retained an attorney and he’s not asking for a bond hearing. 

Christa’s attorney is also requesting a psychological evaluation.  

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