Washington County VA

Murder suspect: I found girlfriend in pool of blood

Victim found in couple's home Monday morning

A Washington County, Virginia man charged in the murder of his girlfriend has a different story from investigators.

News 5's Olivia Bailey has learned that James Joseph Canter III, 25, told a magistrate that he came into the couple's home in the 30000 block of Hillman Highway and found Ashleigh Langbein in a pool of blood.

Canter was accompanied by family members when he came to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon early Monday morning and told the official what happened, News 5 learned Tuesday.

That is when the magistrate called 911 and reported the situation.

Deputies arrived to the home after 3:30 a.m. on Monday and found the body of Langbein, 23, who is originally from Katy, Texas and a recent graduate of Emory & Henry College.

Investigators said in a report that Langbein was shot numerous times.

Canter is charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Sheriff Fred Newman has not announced a motive in the case. Canter is being held without bond.


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