Police tell News4 a Virginia man confessed to strangling his wife to death and dumping her body into a river.
Family friends say Andrea Crew, 31, and her husband, Caleb Crew had a strained relationship, and that he had been physically and emotionally abusive. Police were called to the couple's Fairfax, Va. home in July 2013 when Andrea Crew said her husband poured motor oil on her head.
During an Aug. 7 court hearing for the motor oil incident, domestic violence charges against 25-year-old Caleb Crew were dropped. The two were on their way home from the hearing when they got into another dispute, and Andrea said she would call police.
In a taped interview with police played during a court hearing Thursday, Caleb admitted he began strangling his wife on the ride home, saying he "didn't want to deal with another 911 call."
"I grabbed her throat ... and I said goodbye," Caleb told police he then still felt her pulse. "I put the tie on tightly ... to finish the job."
He then said he left her body in the woods, and returned later that night to move the body. He told police he placed Andrea's body in a bag and put a backpack on her to "weigh her down."
Caleb said he then pulled over along Interstate 95 by the Occoquan River, and dumped her over a bridge.
He reported Andrea missing the next day. Within a week, her body was found in the water and Caleb was behind bars without bond, charged in her death.
During Thursday's court hearing, a judge decided there is enough evidence to move the case forward to a trial phase.
The couple had two daughters, a 4-year-old and a 11-month-old. According to reports, the couple had fought the week prior to Andrea's death regarding finances. She was a native of Colombia and had suggested they move their daughters to South America.
Caleb Crew grew up in Woodbridge, Va., and served as a Marine in Afghanistan.
The couple's children remain in protective custody.
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