Teen faces murder charge from Applebee’s killing

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A Chesapeake teenager faces a first-degree murder charge stemming from the death of a man in the parking lot of a Virginia Beach Applebee’s in May.

A grand jury on Monday indicted Jacquan Leeonte Wilson, 18, for first-degree felony murder, robbery and use of a firearm, according to a release from the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Virginia Beach. The charges come more than four months after the death of Bryant Cueto, who was killed outside the Applebee’s on General Booth Boulevard. Wilson, who was a juvenile at the time of the offense, will be tried as an adult in circuit court, the release said.

Wilson’s bond hearing is scheduled for Oct. 6. Trial is tentatively slated for Oct. 25.

Separately, Vernon Boyd Eaton Jr., 56, will spend two years in jail for stabbing a dog to death last year, the release said. Judge Glenn Croshaw found Eaton guilty of felony animal cruelty Monday and sentenced him to five years in prison, with three years suspended.

Eaton was supposed to find a different home for the dog, a female terrier named TauTau, according to Macie P. Allen, public information officer for the commonwealth’s attorney’s office; instead, Eaton killed the dog within an hour.

On Aug. 1, 2015, a witness saw the dog in the back of Eaton’s truck, according to a court document. The dog had one or more zip ties around its neck and appeared to be choking. The witness followed Eaton into a Virginia Beach shopping center. When the witness caught up to Eaton, the dog had been stabbed and was dying. The witness found Eaton with a bloody knife in his hand.

Eaton is barred for life from companion-animal ownership, according to the release.