BUFFALO, N.Y. (WRIC) — The man charged with murdering four people in Petersburg has been ordered back to Virginia.
Alexander Hill Jr. sat quietly through an identity hearing in U.S. District Court in Buffalo Thursday as a Petersburg, Virginia, police officer and a U.S. marshal testified that his fingerprints, scar on his chest, bump on his head and hazel eyes prove Hill is the man wanted on four counts of murder.
Investigators have convinced a federal judge that a man picked up at a Buffalo shelter last week is the Virginia quadruple murder suspect they’d been pursuing for a year.
The judge agreed and ordered Hill brought back to Virginia.
Hill had been on the run for about a year. He was captured last Thursday morning at a soup kitchen in Buffalo, New York. U.S. Marshals said Hill had fake identification and had been going by the name of Trent Dales.
Petersburg Police say thousands of hours were spent searching Hill. U.S. Marshals say they were finally able to find him thanks to information from a tipster.
Hill is charged with four counts of murder after three women and a toddler were found dead inside a charred home on Harding Street in Petersburg last year. Two of them were stabbed and the child and one of the women died in the fire. Those killed were Pauline Wilkins, 67, Vicki Chavis-Ansar, 46, Tanique Chavis, 22, and Delvair Chavis, 2.
Hill fled the Petersburg area shortly after the killings, according to U.S. Marshals. Authorities had determined that Hill traveled to Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, by taxi just after midnight on April 20, 2014. Later that morning, police say Hill paid a man to drive him to the Amtrak station in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
Ava-Joye Burnett has details in the above video, which includes an exclusive interview with Hill’s ex-girlfriend Vivian Chavis.