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Facebook posts lead to Christina Mabry’s arrest in Grove Avenue murder

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Posted at 5:51 PM, Jun 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-29 17:51:43-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Christina Mabry was denied bond during a Monday morning court hearing in Richmond. Mabry was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Woodrow Anstead. Anstead was killed Sunday, May 31, in a Grove Avenue apartment. Police initially described the incident as a domestic dispute.

"The neighbor in the apartment building called to report a domestic disturbance in apartment five. Upon arrival a female, Christina Marbry, answered the door," the Richmond Police affidavit for search warrant indicated. "She initially told officers at things were fine and her male partner was not there. Officers then observed a male, Woodrow Anstead, bleeding profusely from a severe wound to the chest."

Anstead, 38, walked out of the apartment, down the hallway and collapsed, police said. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

"Since the murder, Mabry has posted numerous statements on her Facebook account about this murder," the affidavit for search warrant said.

Several of her Facebook posts that were shown to CBS 6 by the victim's family, seemed to be directed a people who thought she should have been arrested earlier for Anstead's death.

"Only a few people know what happened with me [and] Woodrow," she wrote in a June 11 post. "We didn't have a rocky relationship or an abusive one."

"I know what happened [and] so do detectives," she wrote in a June 13 post. "Leave me to morn the man I love."

2 blurredAnstead's brother, James, contacted CBS 6 to give his family's side of the story.  James Anstead said some people had publicly commented that Mabry was acting out of self defense; he denies those claims.

"I'm here to clear my brother's name.  He was never abusive to her," said Anstead.

However, friends of Christina Mabry said a claim of self-defense makes sense.  CBS 6 spoke with a woman who asked to remain anonymous, but said she was friends with Mabry.  The woman said Anstead has a history of violence towards women.

Court documents show another woman filed a criminal complaint against Anstead in May, alleging he choked her.  The woman also took out a protective order against Anstead.  His family said the report and incident were falsified by a former romantic partner.

Mabry is scheduled to appear in court July 27th for a status hearing.