Virginia man charged in wife's death 13 years later

A man has been charged with murder in Montgomery County in connection to the death of his wife 13 years ago.

According to a release from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Mark Ward Faville Jr., 70, has been charged with first-degree murder in reference to the March 7, 2000, death of his wife, Anne Michelle "Mickey" Faville.

The sheriff's office responded in the early morning hours that day to Mt. Tabor Road, where Anne Faville was unresponsive. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Reports at the time of her death said Anne Faville, 52, died accidentally after choking on a piece of chicken. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office first called the incident a homicide in February 2001, nearly a year after her death.

The release said new evidence recently came to light, allowing the sheriff's office to move forward with the case. They arrested Mark Faville Wednesday with the assistance of the Virginia State Police.

According to a civil suit filed by the couple's children on Feb. 20, 2002, Anne Faville had planned to tell her husband she was leaving him on the night she died.

The $6.2 million wrongful suit filed in 2002 alleged Mark Faville drugged, beat and strangled his wife. It was dismissed in 2006.

Anne Faville was a fifth-grade teacher at G.W. Carver Elementary School in Salem at the time of her death. Salem spokesman Mike Stevens said she began working at G.W. Carver in 1983, spending her entire career at the school. She taught second graders before moving to fifth grade.

In a statement, the school division recalled the blow her death dealt to students and teachers in 2000.

"Thirteen years ago the entire Salem School Division, especially her G.W. Carver family, grieved Mrs. Faville's sudden passing," the statement said. "It was a very stressful time for her fifth grade students and all who knew her and appreciated her talents as an educator and a writer."

The statement said the school division's thoughts continue to be with her family, but it declined to comment on the charges against Mark Faville.

The sheriff's office said Mark Faville is being held in Western Virginia Regional Jail without bond. The investigation is ongoing.

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