Man found guilty of killing his wife; her body was never found

A Newport News jury found a man guilty of killing his wife even though police were never able to find her body. Adrian Lewis murdered his wife Shanitia Eure-Lewis on July 17, 2022, after suspecting her of having an affair. Ms. Lewis came home from church on July 17 and was met at the couple’s front door by Adrian Lewis. They left together in his truck and less than 10 minutes later he was seen on a business surveillance camera wiping down the passenger side interior door while a person in cream or white pants was in the passenger seat. Ms. Eure-Lewis was wearing a cream pant suit when she was last seen alive.

Lewis drove to a number of places after he was seen wiping down his truck door. A green bloody rag, a shovel, Ms. Eure-Lewis’ planner, purse, and a journal were found in dumpsters where he was seen stopping. That rag had Ms. Eure-Lewis’ blood on it.

He then took the truck to a detailer at the Relax Inn in Hampton and asked that man to clean the passenger side, claiming Lewis’ neighbor had shot his dog and that there was blood in his truck. That detailer then found a jelly like substance on the passenger seat. The yellow rag he used to clean the truck had Ms. Eure-Lewis’ blood on it.

Lewis bought a one-way plane ticket to Jamaica and sold a number of items that same day. He had his wife’s passport on him when he was arrested at Dulles International Airport. While waiting for his flight to Jamaica, he told another woman that his wife was missing and the police suspected him in that disappearance.

He also told his children that their aunt would be taking care of them. Lewis previously had repeatedly said to his mistress and others that he would kill his wife if she ever cheated on him. He also accused his wife of cheating on him in the week before the murder.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Howard Gwynn said he hoped that now the family would be able to find some peace.

Lewis will be sentenced on January 19, 2024, for first degree murder by Judge Bryant L. Sugg.

Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney
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Newport News, VA 23607

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The Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney prosecutes criminal cases that occur within the City of Newport News, on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth. The elected Commonwealth’s Attorney is Mr. Howard E. Gwynn.