A Dinwiddie County man has been charged in the death of his father, who was found slain inside his Colonial Heights home early Thursday after police responded to a burglary-in-progress call.
Langdon M. Conklin, 24, faces first-degree murder in the death of his father, Robert Conklin, 60. He also has been charged with grand larceny in the alleged theft of firearms from his father’s home, in addition to a number of traffic offenses.
Colonial Heights police said they first were called Wednesday to Robert Conklin’s home in the 200 block of Woodbridge Road for a report of firearms being stolen. As a result of that investigation, police obtained warrants charging Langdon Conklin with grand larceny, Sgt. Renee Walters said in a news release.
Later Wednesday evening, Langdon Conklin was taken into custody with the assistance of Dinwiddie County sheriff’s deputies and transported to the Colonial Heights Police Department. He was processed and released by a magistrate on an unsecured bond pending his appearance in Colonial Heights Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Walters said.
Then at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Colonial Heights police again responded to the Woodbridge Road address, this time for a report of a burglary in progress, according to Walters.
As officers were responding, they located a suspicious vehicle leaving the area and they attempted to make contact. The vehicle “failed to yield’ and a pursuit ensued, Walters said.
Virginia State Police and Chesterfield County police joined the pursuit and with their assistance, the vehicle was disabled and stopped in the area of state Route 288 and Hull Street Road. Langdon Conklin was found to be the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle. He was taken into custody without further incident, Walters said.
While the pursuit was ongoing, additional Colonial Heights officers responded to the Woodbridge Road residence and found Robert Conklin dead. His suspected cause of death was not released.
Langdon Conklin is being held at Riverside Regional Jail without bond pending a hearing Friday in Colonial Heights Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.