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UPDATE 6/4: According to police warrants obtained by 13News Now, David Turner was Betty Philbrick's boyfriend.

On June 2, Philbrick's son went to the house to check on his mother. Spencer, according to the warrant, answered the door and was acting 'extremely nervous and had visible bruising on his face and scratches on his hands.' Philbrick's son went into the garage and found Betty dead.

The warrant states that it appeared Betty had been there for at least a day and Turner had not called police. Betty was last seen alive on May 30.
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PORTSMOUTH -- Tuesday, police said they charged 44-year-old David Spencer Turner in connection with the death of well-known businesswoman Betty Philbrick. Turner is the Portsmouth City Jail on no bond, charged with malicious wounding.

A family member found the body of 79-year-old Philbrick Monday around 2:15 p.m. in her home in the Sandie Point community.

Bill Prince with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office said the investigation is ongoing. Investigators and people in his officer are awaiting autopsy results.

Philbrick co-founded Philbrick, Inc. with her late husband, Walter, in 1956. The plumbing, heating, and cooling business is a fixture along Portsmouth Boulevard, and so was Philbrick.

She worked at the company from the time it opened 58 years ago up until the day she died.

Philbrick's grandson, Neil, who is President and CEO of Philbrick, Inc. told 13News Now she was well-respected in the community and treated workers like her own family.

'We appreciate all the outcries and support that the community and customers have given us,' he said. 'She was a fine, fine lady.'

Mayor Kenny Wright noted how active Philbrick was in the business community.

'She was a very lively person, and she was witty. She loved giving her opinion, and we respected her greatly,' Mayor Wright said. 'She was an incredible lady.'

On Wednesday, Wright will honor Philbrick during Portsmouth's annual business appreciation week dinner at the Woman's Club.

There will be a moment of silence in Philbrick's memory, who always attended the yearly meeting.

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