HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Harshadkumar Jadav has been found guilty of murdering his wife, Reena, last September. A jury recommended he serve life in prison in court on Thursday.
In the early-morning hours of last September 5 — Labor Day — the body of 30-year-old Reena Jadav was found in a yard near her home off of Colony Bee Place in Mechanicsville. Authorities later determined that she had been bludgeoned to death.
Her husband, Harshadkumar, was arrested after investigators found a hammer wrapped in bloody clothing that had DNA belonging to both the suspect and his wife. The suspect’s cell phone also pinged in that area the night of his wife’s death.
Authorities say Harshadkumar had $10,000 in cash, his passport, documents about his wife’s $1 million life insurance policy and a pair of underwear — the same brand and same style as underwear recovered with the suspected murder weapon — when deputies arrested him a week after the crime occurred.
Jurors on Wednesday heard testimony from the victim’s family that her husband became detached after her death and donated her belongings to Goodwill one day after her funeral.
While emotionally drained, Reena Jadav’s family said they were satisfied with the jury’s recommendation of a life sentence.
“Reena can now look down from heaven and see that justice has been served,” her father said outside of the courtroom.
Kristin Smith was in the courtroom and will have a full report tonight on 8News at 5 and 6.
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