Maryland man charged with killing 3 children, ex-girlfriend in Chester

A Maryland man was arrested this afternoon and charged with a fatal quadruple shooting in Chester that killed his former girlfriend and three children. The suspect is the father of the two youngest victims, both 4 years old.

Police say Jonah Adams, 35, was apprehended by officers from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives near his residence in Maryland. He remains in custody in that state.

Chesterfield detectives obtained warrants charging Adams with four counts of first-degree murder in the murders of JoAnna M. Cottle, 39; Kaelyn M. Parson, 13; Kinsey M. Cottle, 4; and Jayson L. Cottle, 4.

Police say Adams was previously in a relationship with JoAnna Cottle and is the father of twins Kinsey and Jason Cottle.

On Friday, emergency crews respond to Laurel Oak Road in Chester.


No motive was provided for the shootings.

Police were called just before 5 a.m. Friday to Cottle’s home in the 4200 block of Laurel Oak Road to a reported disturbance. Once at the scene, police entered the house to carry out a wellness check and found all four victims.

Adams was not at the scene when police arrived.

Chesterfield Police Maj. Michael Louth said an adult and three children were fatally shot in the 4200 block of Laurel Oak Road.

Louth would not disclose the ages of the victims. He said it doesn’t appear to be a random act, but investigators haven’t ruled out a possibility.

“We’re still working out all the details of the family dynamics,” he said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Chesterfield County Police are investigating a homicide with multiple victims in a Hopkins Road neighborhood in Chester.

A police spokeswoman said officers responded around 5 a.m. to a reported disturbance on Laurel Oak Road. Once at the scene, officers entered a home to conduct a wellness check and found multiple victims inside.

Officers cleared the house to make sure there were no threats inside.

Police declined to immediately release the number of victims, as they are still working to identify them and notify relatives of the victims.

On Friday, emergency crews respond to Laurel Oak Road in Chester.


“At this point we are investigating this as a homicide,” police spokeswoman Elizabeth Caroon said. “The investigation seems to indicate that this was not a random incident. As always, however, residents are encouraged to call the police if they see anything suspicious. We also urge them to call if they have any information about this incident.”

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Friday and Saturday

Maybe you got your first red card on Bryan Park’s many football fields. Or you’ve argued with a stranger about why you refuse to call “disc golf” by the name “Frolf”. Either way, Bryan Park is the backdrop for events as impactful as Gabriel’s Rebellion and as personal as birdwatching with our best friends. The 1708 Gallery’s 15th annual InLight highlights a series of events, as artists showcase works and projects inspired by the park’s rich history and themes. Organized by Tiffany Barber and Wesley Taylor. Trucks of food, beer, cider and wine will be on site. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 4308 Hermitage Road. (Use the Bellevue entrance or park at 4202 Hermitage Road and take the TukTuk shuttles to the site.) Free admission; pay as you go.



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Charlie Brown, Clara, Tiny Tim and other familiar party characters walk into a bar – all adults, thirsty for a drink or two and ready to share a story with the bartender. That’s the intriguing premise behind the LOL-worthy parody of the Richmond Triangle Players. You know who won’t be there? John McClane. Because “Die Hard” is NOT a Christmas movie. Directed by Axle Burtness. Hours vary. 1300 Altamont Avenue From $10. (804) 346-8113 or

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Virginia Opera presents “The Pirates of Penzance,” a musical family film about a young apprentice pirate about to be released from compulsory service on his twenty-first birthday…until he falls in love . 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $25 and up. Dominion Energy Center, 600 E. Grace St. or (800) 514-3849

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. man Maryland accused of having killed children former girlfriend Chester

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