Murder suspect leaves note

Published 8:34 am Wednesday, April 14, 2010

WINDSOR—A note and driver’s license found Saturday at the Dairy Queen at 61 W. Windsor Blvd. led authorities to a murder.

Registered sex offender Johnny Ray Hubbard, 45, of Chesapeake has been charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Beverly Gail Hubbard, 60, of Portsmouth, police said.

A teenage boy passing through Windsor with his mother at 9:30 a.m. found a driver’s license belonging to the victim in the men’s restroom, said Windsor Dairy Queen General Manager Thomas LoMonaco. Attached to the license was a note, which indicated whoever found this could expect the worst.

“He turned it over to his mother and they turned it into me,” LoMonaco said Monday. “After reading it she hoped it was a sick joke.”

LoMonaco contacted authorities.

“They proceeded to do a little leg work on their end as far as trying to find the whereabouts of this lady,” he said.

Police found Beverly Hubbard dead in her Reese Drive home.

At about the same time, the suspect turned himself in to police in Wilson, N.C.

According to the Wilson Police Department, Hubbard approached a police officer in the parking lot of a convenience store and asked for help. He told the officer he had murdered his estranged wife in Portsmouth.

Hubbard was taken into custody while officers confirmed the claim. He was cooperative with police.

Hubbard on Monday waived his right to fight extradition and will be brought to Virginia within a day or two, said John Doyle, a detective with the Portsmouth Police Department.

Doyle did not have a motive for the murder, nor would he release the nature of injuries that led to the victim’s death.

“We don’t have that yet,” he said. “We don’t release that until we get a report from the medical examiner.”

Boyle also did not indicate the time of death; that will be available from the medical examiner.

He also has no idea why Hubbard allegedly left the note at the Dairy Queen

“Honestly, I couldn’t tell you. I don’t know why people do things,” Boyle said.

LoMonaco isn’t sure why Johnny Hubbard left the note at the Dairy Queen.

“We had overheard she may have had some relatives in the Southampton County area,” LoMonaco said.

Finding the note and learning about the murder was disturbing.

“I was hoping for the best,” LoMonaco said. “Something like this is very troubling.”

According to the Virginia State Police sex offender website, Johnny Hubbard was convicted and jailed in 1999 for taking indecent liberties with children and sexual battery in Currituck County, N.C.

He got out of jail and a judge revoked his probation last May because of a probation violation. After six months he was released.