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12-12-2005, 12:44 AM
Two years, no arrest

Just one thing angered Betty Spencer more than her sister’s unsolved murder. That was her brother-in-law taking another bride less than a year after the discovery of JoAnne Spencer’s bullet-riddled body.
Sunday was exactly two years since the woman who doubled as younger sister and next-door-neighbor to Betty Spencer disappeared from her Crimora home. Few clues, a single suspect and no arrests have filled the 24 months in between.

Many in the Spencer family had their suspicions before the 55-year-old woman’s partially decomposed body ever turned up Jan. 23, 2004, in West Virginia. Some began pointing fingers at husband of nearly 40 years Charles Melvin Spencer - he goes by Melvin - even before investigators listed him in a search warrant as a suspect.

“I’d like to kill him, but I know that wouldn’t solve nothing,” Betty Spencer told The News Virginian.

More: http://www.newsvirginian.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WNV/MGArticle/WNV_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1128768665908&path=!news!localnews

08-16-2013, 10:58 AM
Lots of updates and possible 2 murders and an attempted 3rd


Crimora Man Denied Bond for Second Time

Posted: Jul 16, 2013 5:27 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 30, 2013 5:50 PM EDT

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A Crimora man behind bars on a slew of charges will stay there for the time being. Charles Melvin Spencer is suspected of attempting to kill his live-in girlfriend.

Spencer was already denied bond in Augusta Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on attempted second degree murder charges in June. Tuesday, another judge denied him bond on gun charges and drug charges.

He will be back in court later this month on strangulation and attempted second degree murder charges for trying to kill his live-in girlfriend.

This is the same Charles Spencer who was a suspect in his wife's murder. Joann Spencer's body was found six weeks after she first went missing in December of 2003. No arrests were ever made in the case.