Family of NN murder victim talks about her life

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – The family of a Newport News woman found stabbed to death in January talked to 10 On Your Side Tuesday, after police made an arrest in the case.

Newport News Police have charged 29-year-old Anthony Leon Exum of Newport News with first-degree murder and using a knife in the commission of a felony in connection to the death of Karrie Ann Henson.

Karrie Ann’s body was found on the side of an access road off of Industrial Park Drive by a Newport News City Waterworks employee January 17. Police had to use her fingerprints to identify her and said she was homeless. But Karrie Ann’s sister, Lisa Henson, denied she was homeless. She said Karrie Ann lived her own life.

“She just chose to live the life she was living, but she was still a loving sister. We loved her. She wasn’t homeless,” Henson said. “She was loving, caring, you know, every sister has their differences. We all go through our stuff, but at the end of the day, she was loving. She loved her nieces and nephews. She loved her boys, and now her boys don’t have a mother.”

Anthony Exum, photo courtesy Newport News Police.
Anthony Exum, photo courtesy Newport News Police.

Henson said Karrie Ann has five children between the ages of two and six.

“They know she’s in heaven watching over them. They’re young, so they don’t know what’s going on, but they miss their mother,” she said.

Henson said the night before Karrie Ann was discovered dead she posted a status on Facebook: “I gotta get out.” Police said they were unaware of the post.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by, Karrie Ann suffered multiple stab wounds. Exum reportedly confessed to the killing and gave detectives details about the crime.

Exum was arrested Thursday afternoon. Information about a motive was not immediately available.

Lisa Henson said she did not know Exum.

Exum declined to talk to 10 On Your Side Tuesday. He is expected back in court in August.

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