Warrants: Neighbor heard man charged with murder scream "I'll kill you"
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- A search warrant is revealing new details about Katherine Likens and her alleged killer's relationship.
Police arrested Robert Reynolds on Saturday and charged him with first-degree murder on Saturday; he was arrested at a hotel in Collinsville by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Martinsville Police Department, and the U. S. Marshal’s Joint Fugitive Task Force.
The search warrant shows Likens and Reynolds lived in the same apartment building.
Just days before her murder, officers responded to the apartment building in reference to a domestic disturbance between the two; police said they were arguing over a cell phone.
According to court documents, the neighbor who dialed 911 heard Reynolds shout, "I'll kill you, I'll kill you, I'll kill you" and Likens respond "get off me, Robert."
The court documents show that Likens stopped at Sparky's food store before traveling towards BB&T.
And, surveillance video shows her walking toward the bank at the same time a witness saw Reynolds in the crime scene area.
Police say Likens died from blunt force trauma to the head; possible from a 'stomping motion.'
According to the search warrant, Reynolds wore a distinct metal ring and with the damage to Likens' face, that ring could contain trace evidence from the victim.
Online court records show Reynolds was charged with second-degree murder in Henry County back in 2005, but those charges were dropped.
Reynolds also confessed to killing Brian Kidd in the summer of 1993, but according to the Commonwealth's Attorney, police never located the gun or Kidd's body in the area where Reynolds said they would be.
That case is still open and active.
Anyone with information about the case should call the Martinsville Police Department's Criminal Investigations Unit at (276) 403-5301 or Crime Stoppers at (276) 632-7463.