Bellamy Gamboa’s alleged killer nixes bond hearing request

Lamont John appeared in Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court today for his arraignment on charges of second-degree murder, as well as multiple charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of News Channel 3 pool image)
Lamont John appeared in Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court today for his arraignment Monday. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of News Channel 3 pool image)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Lamont Johnson, the man accused of killing the mother of his children and stuffing her body in a bag, withdrew his request for a bond hearing Tuesday.

The 41-year-old Virginia Beach man also did not appear in court. He was arraigned Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with death of his ex-girlfriend, Bellamy Gamboa.

He also is charged with four counts of contributing to delinquency, abuse of a child.

Johnson is being held in the Virginia Beach city jail without bond. He was assigned a public defender.

Johnson allegedly confessed to choking Gamboa during a fight July 1, the last time she was last seen. He also told investigators he pushed Gamboa down the stairs and fell on her, according to court papers filed in the case.

Johnson also allegedly admitted to placing Gamboa in a bag and “taking her to Chesapeake.”

Her body has not been found.

Bellamy Malaki Gamboa was last seen on July 1, 2018 and police have deemed her disappearance "suspicious." (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Police Department)
Bellamy Malaki Gamboa was last seen on July 1, 2018.(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Police Department)

Gamboa, 40, was reported missing July 1. She was last seen at 10 p.m. at her apartment in the Diamond Springs area.

Gamboa’s 2005 Gold 4-door Ford Focus was found July 3 parked next to a dumpster in the 5800 block of Pickering Street, which was fewer than four miles from where she was last seen, police said.

 

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.