Marie Maybell Johnson, charged with burglary and grand larceny at Elmer Roehrs house in Alexandria
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- The Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney says that 45-year-old Marie Maybell Johnson, who's in custody for an unrelated charge will likely be charged in connection with the murder of 94-year-old Joe Roehrs.
Roehrs was found dead in his Wednesday night by his stepson.
Johnson faced a judge on burglary and grand larceny of the elderly man's home. Those crimes happened in November. A warrant was issued in early January. But police did not pick her up until after the murder.
Friday night, the home was still roped off and considered a crime scene.
Joe's family talked with WUSA9's Surae Chinn.
87-year old Marian Bouk receiving heartfelt condolences from strangers Friday afternoon.
Her second husband Joe Roehrs was killed two days ago. The couple married late in life, eloping to Las Vegas 12 years ago. She was 75, he was 82.
"I guess, I'm getting worse as time goes on. I haven't seen my husband."
Bouk choking back tears as she remembers her, now, late husband.
Elmer Roehrs whom every one knew as Joe was a WWII Purple Heart recipient.
His stepson who doesn't want to be identified is dumb founded by how someone could take the life of an American hero.
"It's such a tragedy, at the age of 94 to be brought to an end in such a terrible way."
The stepson found his step father dead from upper body trauma, inside their Del Ray, Alexandria home on Holly Street.
He says the place had been ransacked.
Marie Maybell Johnson was a former tenant. She rented from one of several properties Marian owned.
Marian's son describes how his mother went over and beyond. She has been known to set up college funds, pay for healthcare and find jobs for her tenants in need.
"that's the kind of landlord she is."
She's been known to set up college funds, pay for healthcare and find jobs.
Johnson's is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month. She is being held without bond.