Scott County man gets life for wife's murder

Rain Smith • Oct 9, 2018 at 4:03 PM

GATE CITY — A man who allegedly strangled his wife in their Weber City home this past summer then left her body with an unattended child as he fled to Tennessee has pleaded guilty to her murder.

According to Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Fellhauer, evidence against Jason Scott Borders, 43, was presented Tuesday to Scott County Circuit Court. About four months ago, Borders was indicted for the June 2 murder of his wife, Eva Marie Borders.

As previously reported, early that morning police responded to the couple's Charleston Street home due to a distressed child. Eva, 40, was found dead, while Jason Borders was unaccounted for. Later in the day, he crashed his vehicle on Stanley Valley Road in Hawkins County and was apprehended. At that time, Borders was jailed on felony counts of abduction, child neglect and assault on a child.

An investigation into his wife’s death continued and included an autopsy at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke, ruling death to be by strangulation. Borders was then indicted on a charge of first-degree murder.

He has now pleaded guilty to the crime and received his life sentence on Tuesday. 

Eva Borders, a lifelong resident of Weber City, is survived by four children.

"As the Court heard, Eva was very much loved and well-known in this community," said Fellhauer. "Her death was brutal and senseless.”

Fellhauer added that Jason Borders never made any statements to the court or family members in attendance, much less issue an apology or express any remorse.

"I’ve heard from several people that wanted a death sentence, and I understand those feelings," Fellhauer stated in a press release. "However, the crime of capital murder was not available under the facts and evidence in this case. Thus, the death penalty was not an option. Life imprisonment is the maximum punishment for the crime of first-degree murder. There is no parole in Virginia.”

Investigators previously stated that factors in the killing were constant marital disputes and Jason Border's drug use.

Prosecutors say Border's conviction resulted from cooperative investigation by several agencies: Weber City Police Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Scott County Department of Social Services, U.S. Marshal Service and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.