Va. Man Claims He Killed Wife's Lover in Self-Defense, But Prosecutors Say It Was Jealous Rage

Dusan Naumovic has been charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm to commit a felony

Dusan NaumovicCredit: Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office
Photo: Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office

In the early morning hours of March 2, Dusan Naumovic was sleeping in his son’s room when he says he heard strange noises coming from the master bedroom.

The popular math and physics teacher says he went to investigate — and about five seconds after he turned on the lights, he allegedly shot 37-year-old Vinicius Carneiro multiple times, killing him, according to multiple reports, who cite prosecutors.

When police arrived on the scene, they arrested Naumovic and charged him with second-degree murder and using a firearm to commit a felony. He is being held without bond.

Now, the prosecution and defense are wrangling over the motive for the shooting. Neither side denies that Naumovic shot Carniero. Naumovic claims he acted in self-defense; prosecutors allege that he was enraged to find that his wife of 24 years, Sheri, was having an affair with Carneiro.

“If you believe the commonwealth, it was a crime of passion,” Naumovic’s attorney, Mike Joynes, tells the Virginian-Pilot. “If you believe the defense, it was self-defense.”

During a bond hearing on Friday, the Naumovic alleged that his wife was schizophrenic and had been having numerous affairs. He alleged that he had gone through her phone in July and learned about four men whom she was allegedly sleeping with. He testified that he contacted each of the men.

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“I called them and asked them to stay away from her because she’s not well,” he said in court, according to the Virginian Pilot. “I wanted them to be aware that she’s schizophrenic.”

Naumovic’s wife, Sheri, is standing by her husband. According to WAVY, she wrote a letter before the bond hearing saying that she’s not afraid of her husband, and wants him to come home. In an interview with 13News Now, Sheri Naumovic claims that her husband shot Carneiro after mistaking him for an intruder.

The prosecution disagrees, however, and says that Naumovic shot Carneiro in a fit of jealousy. According to WAVY, Virginia Beach prosecutor Scott Lang told the court that Naumovic’s behavior is consistent with jealous rage. Video shot inside the home showed that the alarm wasn’t activated until Sheri Naumovic pressed a panic button at 3:02 a.m. Then, Lang says, Dusan Naumovic turned it off.

Lang also alleges that the Naumovic waited more than three minutes to call 911.

Judge Lisa Hodges declined to set bond for Naumovic. He remains in jail. He has not yet entered a plea, and his attorney did not immediately return a message from PEOPLE.

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