Stacy Hawkins, Adams Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
11 October 1995
Tommy Lee Myers faces a prison sentence of up to five life terms — and then some — for shootings this past winter in the Settlers Landing subdivision of Chesterfield County. The 44-year-old pleaded guilty yesterday in Chesterfield Circuit Court to first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the killing of Nicholas J. Lioulios, the 16-year-old son of the girlfriend with whom he lived.
A junior at James River High School, Nicholas was shot in the chest, neck and abdomen six times, according to an autopsy. Soon afterward, Myers had a gunfight with four Chesterfield County police officers. Yesterday he also pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted capital murder against a police officer and four related firearms charges.
Nicholas’ mother, Teresa Villazon, testified to Myers’ actions after he entered his pleas. She said that shortly before the March 1 shooting, Myers had had a near nervous breakdown because a cotton candy business he purchased failed. He had been employed since November as an independent newspaper carrier.
“He went to (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings and he went to Chesterfield Mental Health and got (the anti-depressant drug) Prozac,” she said. “He seemed to get better.” But on Feb. 28, the day before Nicholas was slain, Myers was acting odd, Villazon said. Myers and Nicholas had an argument that night. During the fracas, Nicholas called Myers a loser, Villazon said. She arrived home about 7 o’clock the next night after picking Nicholas up from the Greek Orthodox Church where he had attended Greek classes. Her son Alex, now 13, stayed behind to play basketball. She found the door to her bedroom barricaded. When she eventually opened it, she found a rifle, a 12-gauge pump shotgun and ammunition laid out around the room. Myers was also there, with a gun in each hand. “He pushed past me,” Villazon said. “He went into Nick’s bedroom and he shot him in the chest. He said something to the effect, `No one calls me a (expletive) . . . or a loser.’ ”
Villazon went to the kitchen to call police, but fled to a neighbor’s home when Myers followed her with his weapons. The four officers who approached the home in the 2300 block of Wrens Nest Road that night testified yesterday that Myers fired shots at each of them, with either the shotgun or a .40-caliber pistol. Along with the shotgun, rifle and pistol, police recovered a .357-caliber Magnum revolver, which they said was used to kill Nicholas. Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Warren B. Von Schuch said, “The fact is (Myers) had failed at everything he had ever tried in his life . . . and when this 16-year-old called him a loser . . . I think he couldn’t deal with the fact that it was true.” Myers was returned yesterday to Central State Hospital in Petersburg, where he has been undergoing psychiatric evaluation. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Herbert C. Gill Jr. on Jan. 8 and faces five life terms plus 23 years in prison.