Suspect in Bellamy Gamboa’s death withdraws bond hearing request


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The man investigators say admitted to killing a missing Virginia Beach mother withdrew his request for a bond hearing Tuesday morning.

Lamont Johnson/Photo: Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office

Lamont Johnson is faced charges of second-degree murder and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection to Bellamy Gamboa’s death. A judge arraigned Johnson Monday morning and assigned him a public defender. 

Court records show Johnson confessed to killing Gamboa to investigators.

Investigators say he admitted to choking Bellamy Gamboa until she couldn’t breathe, putting her inside a bag and then disposing of her body in Chesapeake. 

Johnson told 10 On Your Side’s Joe Fisher off camera earlier this month Gamboa left their apartment on July 1 after the two got into an argument. She had lived there with Johnson and their twin infants at the time.

Police, family and friends have searched the water and woods near the for the mother of four for 28 days before Johnson’s arrest over the weekend.

View the timeline of Gamboa’s disappearance

“No one deserves what he did to her,” said Charisse Gamboa, the victim’s sister. “She was probably fighting and thinking of her children, of course, probably begging for her life and thinking this man is really killing me, he’s really killing me.” 

Gamboa had four children, two of them are twin infants with Johnson.  

Court documents from 2017 show Gamboa and Johnson filed assault charges against each other. 

In charging documents, Gamboa said Johnson pushed her and threatened to kill her. She said in the documents she was “afraid he will show up with my key looking for me and harm our infant babies.”

Johnson, meanwhile, accused Gamboa of assaulting him on two separate occasions.

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