Family: 84-year-old accused of killing DMV clerk has been neighbor for 30 years

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UPDATE: On Tuesday night, police made an arrest in 65-year-old Katherine Ann Fleming's homicide. 

84-year-old David Junior Priddy was charged charged with one count of murder and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Police say Priddy and Fleming knew each other - both live on Shawen Drive. 

Priddy is now behind bars at the Hampton City Jail. 

Flemming's daughter says the two have been neighbors for about 30 years. 

Last Thursday, 65-year-old Katherine Ann Fleming just got back from her job at the DMV when someone shot and killed her in her Hampton driveway. Her killer is still on the streets.

"I just don't understand it,” says Sam Fleming, Katherine’s husband. “I never thought something like that would happen to her."

Sam Fleming says they were separated and hadn't talked in years, but when he heard the news, he says he rushed to Katherine’s home on Shawen Drive.

He had to see for himself. Shards of glass from her car window still scattered in the grass and gravel driveway and a silver tarp is now taped over the gaping hole.

"She goes to work, she comes home,” Fleming says. “She didn't bother nobody around her. Nobody."

Hampton Police don't believe Katherine’s murder was random. Fleming worries the decades she worked at the local DMV may have something to do with it.

He says she often complained of death threats from angry customers.

"Every day she would come home and tell me about those death threats, and I would say 'quit your damn job and let's just move somewhere,” he recalls. “She wouldn't do it. She loved her job too much."

Fleming says his wife was a sweet and caring mother of two adult daughters, with so much to live for.

"I spent 13 years in this neighborhood,” Fleming says. “Somebody here knows something."

If you have any information that could help police in this investigation, you can take action against crime and call the Crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.


  • victoriaellisnye

    That husband seems like the prime suspect to me. Almost every DMV I’ve been to has an armed guard. I bet it is a requirement to report any death threats immediately… I’d check into him.

    • Rob

      Wow, you should be on True Detectives or something. How you get that from what’s written is way beyond my skills, and I was a cop for 20 years.

  • markam

    Living in the neighbors know nothing. She stayed to herself. Rumor in the neighbor hood is the husband is the main suspect fighting over his boat and other property.

  • Linda clark

    So they haven’t spoken in years but he rushes over for his claim to fame? Isn’t that kind of wacky?

  • Debunk

    You conspiracy theorists can stand down now. Don’t worry, plenty of articles that you have no knowledge, skills, or experience to comment on, but you will do so anyway.

  • DieselEMD

    Been to the DMV at the court house in VB and never had any issues. Usually in and out in 30 minutes or less, including wait time. More to this story then meets the eyes, as usual.

  • truth is the light

    I see everyone wants to blame the husband man being married to a woman the. She dies I hope I My wife never gets shot.. Be agar by you guys I’ll be going be going to jail for a long time thanks for letting me know in advance

  • tj

    The husband said she was so sweet but they been separated for years, now that she got shot he decided to show up. Well ppl. if she was getting threats on daily basis I guess she wasn’t so sweet after all. I guess she thought no one was going to carry out there threat. Or maybe the husband could be useing this to his advantage and take the focus off of him, the truth will come out one day.

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