Lynchburg Man Gets 28 Years for July 2010 Murder

Jeremiah Overman

Reporter: Jeremy Mills

Lynchburg, VA - A Lynchburg man says he was defending his own life, when he shot and killed a 19-year-old last July.

But in court Friday a judge says Jeremiah Overman went overboard and sentenced him to 28 years in prison.

The murder happened on Stafford Street this past July, just a block from Lynchburg College. Overman claims he was being robbed while making a drug deal.

Overman said he thought he was going to die. He says he overpowered Theodore "Teddy" Curtis Poe, taking away his gun and then shooting him four times.

"He deserved life, and that's the way I feel about it. He deserved life, 28 years ain't enough," Teddy Poe's cousin Melita Brown said.

Family members of Poe say Jeremiah Overman got off easy. The evidence shows that after he wrestled the gun away, Overman shot Poe twice as he ran away. Then stood over his body and fired two more times in the back of his neck.

"He assassinated my nephew and I don't think it is right," a family member Poe who didn't want to be identified said.

"You going to give this man 28 years for taking a life, in an execution style, the way he did it, nah he deserved the death penalty," Poe's cousin Melita Brown said.

Prosecutors say early on, Overman claimed self defense.

"That is not self defense when you've already shot them in the back, you can't shoot people in the back as they are running away. You can't shoot them in the head regardless of what they've done to you 15 seconds before," Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Doucette said.

Overman told investigators he felt like what he did was justified, and he prevented Poe from terrorizing the rest of Lynchburg.

In court, he attempted to apologize after his sentence.

"What he said was meant for his family, he was sorry. He didn't say sorry to us," one of Poe's aunts said.

Overman's family didn't say much after the ruling.

"There's no right, both was out there doing crime and now everybody pays the price for it," one of Overman's family members said. "I think it is needless, the whole thing was needless on both sides, there's victims on both sides."

In court Friday, it came out that Teddy Poe was killed two days before the birth of his first child. The boy is now 6 months old.

Poe's family has gone through this before. We're told Teddy's older brother David was murdered back in Lynchburg back in 2006.