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Homicide Victim & Suspect Had Relationship

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Concord, VA - Police have revealed a possible motive for the killing of a 53-year-old woman in Campbell County.

Lynchburg Police arrested Tony Dale Witt Tuesday after a car chase. In the end, he surrendered.

Investigators say the killing of Barbara Floyd Martin was not a random act. The victim and suspect knew one another. Just how well is yet to be determined.

Witt and Martin lived together on and off for six months. Witt is 26 while Martin was 53. A friendship or a romance? The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is staying tight-lipped.

"I know they had a relationship. Now, how it started or why it started, I couldn't comment on that," said L.T. Guthrie, chief deputy of Campbell County Sheriff's Office.

It was in a Springlake Road duplex near Thomas Terrace where Martin's body was found in her bed. Investigators say she died on July 30, but the body wasn't found until August 6. She suffered blunt force trauma to the head and a single knife wound to her upper body.

"We have arrested Anthony Dale Witt, 26 years of age, in connection with the July 30, 2012 homicide of Barbara Floyd Martin," said Guthrie.

Neighbors are coping with the killing.

"I was very shocked initially, because nothing ever happens here. Quiet neighborhood," said Neil Kirby, a neighbor.

One possible motive for the killing - and a good lead in the case - Martin's stolen credit card. Lynchburg police says Witt had it and used it and ran up Martin's credit card. The credit card company then contacted authorities, helping authorities track down and arrest Witt.

"At the time of Witt's arrest, he was in possession of Mrs. Martin's 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer," said Guthrie.

Witt now sits in Blue Ridge Regional Jail, held without bond.

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