Ashleigh Dye was almost eighteen years old when she brutally murdered her mother in Virginia. According to court documents Ashleigh Dye was in a constant war with her mother over her older boyfriend and in the end the teen killer decided the best course of action was to murder her mother.
Ashleigh Dye waited for her mother to come home and when she did Ashleigh would shoot her mother in the face and chest with a shotgun before stabbing her multiple times. Ashleigh Dye attempted to make the murder look like a robbery scene however this would not fool police who were able to find the text messages that the teen killer sent to her boyfriend before and after the murder. In the end Ashleigh Dye would be sentenced to sixty five years in prison with twenty years suspended.
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- Personal Information Ashleigh Nicole Dye Alias: Not Available Age/Race/Sex 26/White/Female
- Offender I.D.#1454863
- Location Fluvanna Correctional Center
- Release Date 04/11/2053
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Stafford County teen was ordered Monday to serve 48 years in prison for the “savage and cold-blooded” slaying of her mother.
Ashleigh Nicole Dye was a few months shy of 18 when she shot and killed 62-year-old Brenda Dye on July 5 at the family home on Perry Road.
Brenda Dye was shot in the face and the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun and stabbed multiple times. She had been dead about four hours when her husband and son came home that evening and found her.
The investigation revealed that Ashleigh Dye and her boyfriend at the time, Eddie Chewning, planned the murder, and Dye carried it out.
Dye, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, was sentenced in Stafford Circuit Court to a total of 68 years in prison with 20 years suspended.
Judge Sarah Deneke’s sentence exceeded the recommended state sentencing guidelines, which called for a maximum penalty of 35 years and three months in prison.
“Your mother’s only crime was that she didn’t like your boyfriend,” Deneke said prior to pronouncing judgement. “This is the very definition of pure unmitigated and unprovoked malice.”
Dye sobbed, and her knees buckled as she stood up after Deneke’s announcement. She could be heard wailing as bailiffs led her back to a holding cell.
Chewning was recently convicted of being an accessory to both first-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. His sentencing is set for July 6.
Ashleigh Dye faced up to life in prison. Chewning does as well.
Dye’s attorney, Terence Patton, put on evidence at Monday’s hearing that seemed to blame Chewning as the primary cause of Dye’s actions.
Witnesses, including teachers at Colonial Forge High School, testified that Dye seemed to change around March of 2011, which was about the time she started dating Chewning.
Ronald Dye, Ashleigh Dye’s father and Brenda Dye’s husband of 44 years, testified that neither he nor his wife approved of the relationship with Chewning.
“She [Ashleigh Dye] knows she made a mistake,” Ronald Dye said. “She got swayed by Mr. Chewning and went the wrong way.”
Ashleigh Dye said she agreed to kill her mother only after Chewning threatened to break up with her if she didn’t.
She said they’d talked about it for months, but the talks got serious July 4 after an argument with Brenda Dye about going to see fireworks.
On the way home from the fireworks, Ashleigh Dye said she and Chewning stopped in a church parking and made plans.
She said Chewning suggested that she cut her mother into pieces and dispose of the body in trash bags, but she said she couldn’t do that.
The next day, Chewning and Dye exchanged text messages before and after the slaying.
Those messages, which were recovered by police, were key evidence against both of them.
In the messages, Dye and Chewning repeatedly expressed their love for each other and Dye several times wrote about being nervous about the planned slaying.
Chewning appeared to encourage Dye to carry out the slaying at several points, one time writing, “stop talking about the [expletive] and just do it.”
Dye shot her mother as she came through a doorway, then tossed items around to make it look like a robbery. She then went to McDonald’s and ate half a fish sandwich before going to her job at Best Buy.
Following the slaying, the teens exchanged messages encouraging each other to not act suspicious once the body was discovered.
Police also found a note she’d written titled “Plan KBM,” which authorities said stood for Plan Kill Bitch Mom.
Patton asked Deneke for a sentence toward the lower end of the guidelines, which was 21 years and two months.
Prosecutors Ed Lustig and Michael Hardiman argued strenuously against that.
“There’s just no getting around the horrific, savage and brutal manner in which Brenda Dye died,” Lustig said. “This is a crime without justification.”
Lustig also scoffed at Ashleigh Dye’s attempt to blame Chewning’s breakup threat for her actions.
“You killed your father’s wife of 44 years so that you could keep your boyfriend of four months?” Lustig asked.
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Ashleigh Dye was cold, articulate, and showed little remorse.
That’s how detectives described the then 17-year-old girl who had just shot her mother in the face and then stabbed her multiple times. It was a premeditated crime that led to the death of 62-year-old Brenda Dye.
Now investigators are talking about the efforts that went into solving the crime and getting their suspect convicted.
The goal was to get the mother out of the way so Ashleigh and her boyfriend of four months, Eddie Chewning, 18, could be together.
Through text messages, Dye conspired with Chewing on how and when they would kill her. Dye carried out the murder, and it was these messages, a series of abnormalities at the crime scene, and a confession that ultimately landed Dye in prison.
Following the murder, Stafford County Detective Chris Cameron forced Ashleigh to admit to her grieving father what she had done.
“I made her tell him. Death notification is one of the toughest things we do. To go to a loved one and say your brother, sister or mother is dead, and to make more intense tell them it wasn’t natural it was the result of a homicide… I told her … ‘I’m not doing it this time, you’re doing it,’” said Cameron.
Dye had confessed to Cameron during her second interview with police. She told them about the text messages she exchanged with to Chewing on the day of the murder which focused on the crime she was about to commit. It would also come out later in the investigation that Dye left home after she killed her mother, went to a McDonald’s restaurant for lunch, and then went to work like nothing had happened.
Diaries of interest
Long before the incriminating text messages were found, something was off about the crime scene itself. Dye shot and killed her mother inside of the family’s home in Stafford County in July 2011. Detectives arrived to the home to find Brenda Dye’s body, but they also found the crime scene had been staged to look like a robbery.
To boot, valuables like jewelry, credit cards, and prescription medication still lie on counters. If this had been a robbery gone wrong, rooms would’ve have been tossed but that wasn’t the case.
The murder weapon, a 12-gauge shot gun, was found with its safety switch on. Police knew Ashleigh was an avid hunter.
“Only people who are trained to shoot will take the time to put the weapon on safety and put it down,” said Cameron.
Detective Michelle Gibbons also worked the crime scene and found a series of suspicious diary entries in Ashleigh’s journal. It was the first time Ashleigh was thought to be a person of interest in the case.
After learning of the text messages, Gibbons quickly contacted Ashleigh’s cell phone provider and asked the company to store the messages on a computer so she could obtain them. Since Ashleigh had already deleted the messages from her phone, police knew they had up to three days to get the texts before they’re automatically deleted from company records.
If Ashleigh hadn’t pulled the trigger, in just a few short months she would’ve been 18-years-old and could have left home to live with Chewing, detectives said.
Brenda Dye didn’t appear to be the biggest fan of her daughter’s boyfriend. Through her investigation, Gibbons learned Brenda Dye didn’t like the fact Chewing had fathered a child at a very young age with another female.
“Ashleigh was a good student, she was involved in things, she had friends, but once he came into the picture she was pushing that all aside,” said Gibbons.
But Ashleigh’s father took in Chewing and gave him a job on a masonry contract he had been working on. Chewing was with Ashleigh’s father the day of the murder.
After work, a husband came home to find his wife of more than 40 years dead.
Ashleigh Dye is now serving 48 years in prison for her crime. She leaves behind a father and three siblings.
Eddie Chewing was also found guilty as an accessory to murder and is still awaiting sentencing.
While this crime scene was grisly, detectives who work these types of cases must be able to move forward and begin their search for the truth. That means leaving nothing up to chance, avoiding jumping to conclusions, and keeping their eyes and ears open.
“When you get to any scene you always treat it as the worst crime possible and you rule things out as you investigate. If you get locked into one theory you get a tendency to try and prove that theory and you’ll miss details about the case that are blatantly obvious,” said Detective Chris Cameron.
He and Detective Michelle Gibbons work in the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division. Made up of 30 professionals, this division handles violent crime cases, domestic and child abuse cases, computer forensics, as well as burglary, theft, and fraud incidents.