Wythe County man charged with first-degree murder after strangling wife, defiling her body, authorities say

Happened on Lots Gap Road in Max Meadows, authorities said


The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office released an update after Charles Spain Jr. was arrested and charged in connection with his wife’s death on Thursday.

The sheriff’s office said an autopsy was conduced on the body of Angela Spain the Roanoke Medical Examiners’ Office on Friday.

The cause of death has been determined to be from both blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation, according to authorities.

Charles Spain has now been charged with the following:

  • First-degree murder
  • Defiling a dead human body


A man was arrested and charged after his wife was found dead in Wythe County Thursday, according to the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office.

At 3:45 a.m. the sheriff’s office received a call in the 1300 block of Lots Gap Road about an unconscious female, authorities said.

Deputies said the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office and Lead Mines Rescue arrived on the scene and found a deceased female.

According to authorities, investigators were called to the scene and an interview was conducted with the deceased female’s husband, Charles Lee Spain Jr.

Spain has been charged with the following:

  • Assault of a family member
  • Strangulation

He is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office said autopsy of the body will be conducted at the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke, and more charges could be pending.

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