Wilkerson had recently moved to another locality, but he and Stacey remained in contact.
Stacey was a member of her high school’s Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps and planned to attend a military ball with Wilkerson.
He demanded that Stacey end her relationship with Wilkerson.
According to Powell, he and Stacey argued, and the argument grew into a struggle.
In January 1999, Robert Culver and his fiancée, Lorraine Reed, lived together in Manassas, Virginia, with Reed’s two daughters, Stacey Lynn Reed and Kristie Erin Reed.
On January 28, 1999, Powell went to the Reeds’ home.
Powell went to a friend’s house and then drove with the friend to the District of Columbia to buy crack cocaine.
Stacey’s body also exhibited a number of bruises on the head, chest, abdomen, back, arms, and legs, abrasions on the face, a stab wound to the back, and a cut and scrapes on the left forearm.
When Powell learned that Robert Culver, a friend of the girls’ mother, would be home shortly for lunch, Powell left and returned at about p.m., after Culver had left.
When Powell returned, he was armed with a “survival” knife, a “butterfly” knife, a box cutter, and a 9-millimeter pistol. After Stacey ended the telephone conversation, Powell confronted her about her relationship with Wilkerson.
The autopsy further revealed that Stacey had been struck on the head with sufficient force to cause bleeding inside her scalp and in the membranes surrounding her brain prior to death.
These injuries were not consistent with Stacey merely having fallen during a struggle.