Suspect in 2003 Norfolk murder arrested in N.C.

Shawn Greer (Photo provided by Lincoln County Jail).

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Investigators believe they have arrested the killer of a Chesapeake woman whose body was found in a charred vehicle 12 years ago.

On Friday, a US Marshals task force arrested 38-year-old Shawn Greer in Lincolnton, N.C. He was identified over the summer as a suspect in the murder of 21-year-old Maria C. Christopher, a cold case from 2003 that was reopened in July.

It was in September, more than a decade ago, that Chesapeake firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire at the intersection of Jarvis and Shell roads and discovered Christopher’s body in the trunk. A medical examiner determined she died from a gunshot wound, and several months later investigators said the fatal injuries were inflicted in Norfolk.

At the time, no one was charged. But in the last six months, new witness testimony and a fresh review of the case brought enough evidence to charge Greer, according to Officer Daniel Hudson with Norfolk police.

Greer was indicted in Norfolk last Wednesday for murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony. Investigators located him at a residence in Lincolnton, where he was taken into custody by US marshals from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Greer is being held in the Lincoln County Jail, awaiting extradition to Norfolk.

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