Waterbury police investigating after body of city employee was found inside a home; man arrested

WATERBURY -- Police said they are investigating after they found a dead female inside a home Tuesday morning.

Waterbury Police Department said around 7:45 a.m., they responded to 5 White Rose Avenue on a report of a female party bleeding.

Police said when they arrived, they found  48-year-old Solita Billups dead inside the home. Police said they arrested Christopher Iverson, 49, and charged him with felony murder, murder, attempted murder, home invasion, arson in the first degree and risk of injury.

“The investigation revealed that the incident began as an argument involving Iverson and Billups about their personal relationship that quickly turned violent," said Waterbury police. "At the time of the incident the victim’s 11-year-old son was home. Iverson is being held at Waterbury Police Headquarters on a $7 million bond.  He will be arraigned in Waterbury Superior court tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.”

Detectives were busy most of the day, not just on White Rose Avenue, but also a block away on Highland Avenue, where detectives were seen searching two storm drains and taking away evidence.

"The death was a disagreement that Billups had with Iverson," said Chief Fred Spagnolo, of the Waterbury Police Department. "The two had been involved in a personal relationship over the past three years. That disagreement became violent in the morning hours of August 28, leading to Billups' death. At the time of the incident, inside 5 White Rose Ave. there was an 11-year-old child that was present, that was Billups' son."

Billups was an employee at Waterbury City Hall.

Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, released the following statement:

"The city is in mourning losing one of our cherished employees so tragically. We ask for prayers for Solita Billups and her family."

Police said this is an active and ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Waterbury Police Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941.