Arrest made in murder of Virginia Beach Navy wife, Shana Hight | News
Virginia Beach Police arrested 21-year-old Robert Sadler, a married sailor who works at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth. Sadler was arrested after Beach investigators got the lead they needed from NCIS.
Police say Sadler willfully, deliberately, and with premeditation, killed Shana Hight, the 24-year-old Navy wife who died while her husband was overseas.
Sadler, also a sailor, had gotten back from the Arabian Gulf in July.
Sadler and Hight were not only neighbors on Bayhead Drive in Virginia Beach - Hight's apartment was just two floors below Sadler's.
In the days after Shana's murder, the Virginian-Pilot interviewed Sadler, where he told them when he moved into his apartment, he knocked on Hight's door to ask whether her husband could help him move his couch. She told him that her husband was deployed.
For more than seven weeks, Sadler was not even on the police's radar.
"Not sure what's going through his mind as the detectives are out there interviewing people, and as the media is out there doing these stories. Knowing all the while that he's the one that did it, and then close to two months later detectives show up at his workplace and say we need to talk to you," said Adam Bernstein, Virginia Beach Police Department.
For those who knew Shana Hight, news about the arrest of her killer is comforting but also painful as they relive that horrifying day in September, when they learned she had been murdered.
Sharon Bennett, the mother-in-law of the victim says, "It brings back all the hurt and why. Shana should have been able to live a full life."
Sadler is being held with no bail. Today at his arraignment he spoke to the judge through a video conference.
He asked for a public defender, but his family, who drove from outside Richmond late last night, went to the judge to request they get their own attorney.
Sadler agreed. His next appearance in court is scheduled for mid December.
He is charged with first degree murder.
Police didn't even know about him until earlier this week.
The Navy was investigating Sadler for something entirely different.
"It was something NCIS was working on they shared the information with us. We followed up on it and got our guy," Bernstein added.
For Hight's family there is much relief, but today is still a very sad day.
Her mother-in-law says she hopes that this provides closure not only to those that knew Hight, but the entire Naval family.
Live in Virginia Beach, Reed Andrews, News Channel 3.