VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The case against a man who confessed to killing a Virginia Beach mother in 2018 is moving forward following a preliminary hearing Thursday morning.
Lamont Johnson is charged with second-degree murder in the disappearance and death of 40-year-old Bellamy Gamboa.
Gamboa, a mother of four, went missing after she was last seen July 1, 2018 at her apartment on Carrene Drive at the Diamond Springs Apartments. Weeks later, officers arrested Johnson, who had previously told 10 On Your Side Gamboa was his ex-girlfriend.
Court records show Johnson confessed to pushing Gamboa down the stairs and choking her to death. He also admitted to putting Gamboa’s body in a car and taking her to Chesapeake.
Video from Johnson’s interrogation was played in court during Thursday’s hearing. In the video, Johnson is heard telling detectives, “I shoved (Gamboa) and fell downstairs. I tripped and fell as well. I was holding my son and he fell with me, but he wasn’t hurt.”
Johnson went on to say, “Bellamy said, ‘What the hell is wrong with you? You are going to jail.’ I then threw her down and choked her until she was unresponsive.” He added that he wrapped Gamboa up in a blanket and plastic bags.
A second video played in court Thursday showed Johnson showing detectives where he dumped Gamboa’s body at an overflowing trash dumpster in Chesapeake. Her body has never been found.
A Virginia Beach Police Department detective wrote in a search warrant Johnson used his cellphone and computer to search about “trash dumpsters and where they go.” Virginia Beach police called off its search for Gamboa last August.
Court documents show Gamboa car — which was found two days after she disappeared — appeared to have “blood and vomit” on the driver’s side door. Her purse, wallet, cash and identification were also found in the car, but her keys were missing.
The second-degree murder charge against Johnson was certified to a grand jury that is scheduled to meet on April 15. A tentative trial date of June 26 was set on Thursday.