Newport News man charged with killing man who was kicking him out of the house

Peter Dujardin, The Daily Press
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Over the past two months, authorities said, Charles “Skip” Ashley stayed "on and off” with a Newport News couple in their Denbigh home.

But late last week, homeowner Daniel Sean Page told Ashley he was no longer welcome at their house on Debbie Lane.

Then, about 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Page, 49, was sleeping on a living room couch when Page’s girlfriend walked in and saw Ashley standing nearby.

“Mr. Page woke up,” said a criminal complaint affidavit by Newport News Police Detective J.R. Howser. “Mr. Page confronted Skip, asking him to leave his residence as he was not welcome.”

The complaint said Page’s girlfriend then saw Ashley, 53, take something out of his right pocket and “make forward movements with his right hand toward Mr. Page.”

“Skip, are you stabbing me?” Page asked, according to Howser’s criminal complaint. The girlfriend tried to grab Ashley by the jacket to pull him away from Page.

But "when she saw blood, she feared for her life, panicked, and ran from the house into the front yard, and locked herself in a vehicle,” Howser wrote in the complaint.

The woman called 911. Arriving officers found Page in the house with multiple stab wounds, and he was pronounced dead at Riverside Regional Medical Center about an hour later.

Though the girlfriend knew Ashley only as “Skip” — and didn’t know his real name — she described him to officers and knew he had a birthday in the past week. (His birthday was Oct. 27).

About 1:26 a.m., officers stopped Ashley riding his bike at Denbigh Boulevard and Old Courthouse Way.

Police said they found two knives in Ashley’s possession. Though he denied being at the home when Page was killed, Page’s girlfriend maintains he was the right man.

Ashley is charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond at the Newport News City Jail. He has hearing scheduled for Nov. 9 in General District Court.

He was also charged for an outburst at his arraignment Monday — accused of telling Judge Michael S. Stein "f--- you, and "kiss my a-- as he spoke by way of a video jail hookup.

It wasn’t clear what had set Ashley off, but Stein charged him with contempt of court and gave him 10 days in jail for each statement.

Ashley also has another pending charge — a felony count of assault and battery on a police officer from a March incident. That trial is slated for next year.

Ashley has two other convictions for assaulting officers — in 2004 and 2009 — and several other smaller convictions ranging from assault to larceny to destruction of property.

He was convicted of malicious wounding for breaking a woman’s nose during a June 2017 incident in which he repeatedly swung a closed umbrella at her during an argument. Court records show he landed 10 years in prison — 2.5 to serve and 7.5 years suspended — for that crime.

Peter Dujardin, 757-247-4749, pdujardin@dailypress.com

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