ROANOKE -- Roanoke Valley real estate agents said they are scared by the slaying of a broker who was found fatally stabbed last week in a new house she was attempting to sell in an upscale subdivision.
Some said it was a real estate agent's worst nightmare.
"I've already said there's no way any of us are going to show a house alone again," said Betty Kirkland, a partner in Mastin Kirkland Bolling Inc.
The body of Carolyn Horton Rogers, 55, an agent for Mastin Kirkland Bolling, was lying fully clothed in a pool of blood near a wall in the basement of the house.
Another of the company's real estate agents discovered the body after going to look for Rogers about 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 11. The house had a sign in front listing Rogers as the sales agent.
On Monday night, Ohio State Police, acting on capital murder and robbery warrants issued in Virginia, arrested Becky Hodges King, 36, after she and her husband, Danny Lee King, 39, were stopped at a rest stop along southbound Interstate 77 near Dover. The van they were driving had been reported stolen from a recreational vehicle dealership Oct. 8 or 9 in Chesterfield County, Va., Ohio troopers said.
Becky King, wanted on the murder charge, and Danny King, sought on a parole violation charge, both waived extradition and will be returned to Virginia soon.
Virginia authorities said they believe Rogers was chosen randomly as a robbery target when her killer took her name off a real estate sale sign and called her, feigning interest in buying a house.
Rogers was at home the morning of Oct. 11 when she got a call and then told her son she was leaving to show a house to a prospective client.
Police said they found fingerprints on a note pad in Rogers's car, which was discovered abandoned in the Tanglewood Mall parking lot, and on one of the victim's checks cashed at a Roanoke bank after her death.
Police also knew early on their suspect was a woman, a fact they did not reveal in hope that the woman would become careless, or would not leave the area if she thought police were looking for a man.
Bloody footprints found at the scene appeared to be those of a woman.
By the evening of Oct. 12, police had matched fingerprints on the note pad with those of Becky King, whose prints were in a statewide computer because she had been arrested in the past for petty crimes.
Authorities then found King was married to Danny King, who had recently been released from prison.