House moves home of ex-convicted killer in death of ex

The former owner of a Virginia house where former inmate Anthony Williams was killed is moving the home of his estranged wife, who was found dead in the home last month.

Lawmakers last week approved moving the house of former Virginia State Trooper Patrick McNeil, 51, and his wife, Marla Williams, 62, after a House subcommittee voted unanimously to move them.

The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 8-2 Tuesday to approve the move of McNeil’s Virginia home and the former wife’s home in Newport News.

House Majority Leader Mark Eves, R-Virginia Beach, said McNeil had been in touch with his former wife and had been planning to move the house in Virginia for the past several months.

He said he hoped McNeil would be able to do so without causing any disruption to his family.

McNeil has lived in Virginia since 2009.

He was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in Williams’ death and was found guilty in June 2018.

The Virginia Supreme Court reversed the conviction last month, however, in a 2-1 vote.

The Williams family has appealed the ruling to the state’s highest court.