A Crimora man suspected in a 2003 West Virginia homicide involving his wife and the 2008 disappearance of a girlfriend, has been charged with attempted murder.
Augusta County Sheriff's investigators arrested Charles Spencer, 66, of 53 Spencer Lane in Crimora on Wednesday. Spencer has been charged with attempted second degree murder and unlawfully applying pressue to the neck. He was being held in Middle River Regional Jail without bond on Thursday.
Augusta County Sheriff's investigator Michael Roane said the charges stem from allegations that he had an argument with his 28-year-old girlfriend at his home Monday night, choked her and cut off her air supply.
The woman reportedly fled the Crimora resident in a white Ford Explorer that was found abandoned in Waynesboro. Roane said Spencer was arrested on Wednesday after the victim had been interviewed by police.
When a search warrant was executed on Spencer's residence, evidence of drugs were also found. Roane said he anticipates further charges against Spencer.
The Sheriff's Office was initially contacted by Spencer, who told police on Tuesday that his vehicle had been stolen.
Spencer has twice before been suspected in investigations.
In 2003, his wife Joann Spencer disappeared from the Crimora home and was found shot to death six weeks later in West Virginia. Charles Spencer was never charged in the case.
In 2008, Margaret Gail-Stamper White, 35, Spencer's live-in girlfriend, was reported missing by her mother. Spencer said he woke up one morning and White was gone. The woman's mother reported her missing in July, but she had not been seen since May.
She was never found.