Sean Rashaad Hill is behind bars for murdering his mother, Barbara Jean Gray, at the home they shared in Henrico County, Virginia.
On the morning of Oct. 14, 2017, officers were sent to Stonewall Manor apartments in the 1500 block of Americana Drive after receiving a 911 call from Hill.
He told dispatch that he went to buy pizza and beer at a nearby Food Lion, and when he returned, he found his mother unresponsive on the floor, according to Richard Times-Dispatch.
The 911 operator gave Hill instructions on how to perform CPR on his mother until paramedics arrived, but according to the deputy commonwealth attorney for Henrico, Hill never executed the emergency procedure.
When emergency first responders made it to the apartment, they saw that Gray had been badly beaten, and they also noticed blood in the hallway.
Paramedics rushed the 61-year-old to an area hospital, but she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
An autopsy showed that Gray died of blunt force trauma.
A photo of the victim is not available.
Detectives arrested Hill around 6 p.m. that same day after evidence suggested he attacked his mother in the home on Oct. 12, 2017.
They also concluded that after he beat her and struck her with a boombox, he smothered her.
He was charged with second-degree murder and booked into the Henrico County Jail, where he was held without bond.
An attorney in the case stated that “it’s unspeakable what happened in that house over 48 hours. She gave him life, and he decided to take hers.”
Hill, who did not have a criminal record at the time, initially denied having anything to do with Gray’s death.
During the trial, an attorney told the court that Hill used his cell phone to record his mother’s badly beaten and bruised body as she lay incoherently on the floor.
At around 5:08 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2017, a call was made from Gray’s phone to Hill. Investigators believe Hill took his mother’s phone and called himself.
They said she could have already been dead at the time the call was placed.
A next-door neighbor testified that they saw multiple fights between the mother and son, and they believe it was over money.
Hill shut down those claims by saying he did not have any issues with his mother.
In 2018, Hill was found guilty of murdering his mother.
Judge Lee A. Harris Jr., who called Gray’s death a “vicious murder,” sentenced Hill to 25 years in prison.