Woman, 26, found slain in Phenix City apartment

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJune 29, 2013 

A 26-year-old Phenix City woman was found dead Friday in her Edmond Estates Apartment, the victim of a homicide, police said today.

The body of Caneya T. Webb was found by relatives about 3:50 p.m. at 1302 Sixth Place South. She was pronounced dead of trauma at the scene just before 6 p.m., said Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. Her body will be sent to the Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery, Ala., for an autopsy.

Lt. Steve Nolin of the Phenix City Police Department said Saturday a murder warrant has been issued for her boyfriend, Curtis Durall Newsome, 28. He was taken into custody by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office just after 6 a.m. during a traffic stop on Interstate 85. He was driving with a suspended license.

“Some information started to come to us and we developed him as a suspect,” Nolin said.

Police wouldn’t specify when the woman may have been killed but said authorities have narrowed it down.

“We are probably looking at an eight-hour window right now,” Nolin said. “We think we have narrowed it down, but we are still looking at that.”

Officers already have talked to Newsome. Police have started the process to extradite him back to Phenix City to face the murder charge in Webb’s death. “We are going through the extradition process to get him back here,” he said.

A neighbor said Webb was the mother of three children, two girls and a boy. When she was seen sometime after 9 p.m. Thursday, Webb was acting a bit strange.

“She is a lively person,” the neighbor said. “She kept a smile on her face. She looked back at me and she was kind of sad.”

The neighbor also said Newsome lived with Webb at the complex, but he didn’t have a job. When he was stopped in Troup County, he was driving the woman’s red Ford Explorer.

Police said the death remains under investigation.

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