Slashed tires, spray-painted car and parking lot fight: Newport News Post Office feud turned deadly

A murder trial began Tuesday in a slaying that prosecutors say stemmed from a long-running feud between U.S. Postal Service mail carriers in Newport News.

Jeremy Pettway, 41, who also worked at the Denbigh post office, faces first-degree murder and other charges in the April 7 slaying of 39-year-old Salahud-Din “Sal” Ibn Shabazz just inside the doorway of his family’s Newport News home.

Though Shabazz didn’t work at the Post Office, prosecutors say the 2 a.m. killing arose from a running dispute his wife — mail carrier Jacqueline Nicole Shabazz — was having with a fellow mail carrier named Tashara Jackson.

“We didn’t like each other,” Jacqueline Shabazz testified this week.

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