Sheriff: Man killed NC mother of four over "greed and deceit"

Anthony Clay Campbell, 53, is charged with the murder of Joyce Price Eaton, 45. CBS affiliate WFMY

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. - A man suspected of murdering a mother of four in North Carolina had motives of "love, greed and deceit," according to Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes, CBS affiliate WFMY reports.

"The victim had a relationship with Anthony Clay Campbell. The relationship was initially business and later developed into a personal relationship," Barnes said at a news conference Wednesday.

Landscapers discovered the body of Joyce Price Eaton, 45, in a ditch at 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, with severe cuts and a bullet wound, according to the station.

The sheriff says cell phone records indicate Campbell, 53, was the last person to speak to Eaton before she went missing.

Barnes also says evidence shows Campbell was near Eaton's workplace the night she disappeared, in McLeansville where the body was found, and in Hillsborough where the victim's car was dumped the night of the incident, reports WFMY.

Campbell's statements to police along with evidence and documents found in Eaton's car reportedly contributed to the arrest.

Sheriff Barnes says the elements of greed and deceit came into play when Campbell and Eaton started having money issues in their relationship, WFMY reported.

Deputies believe that's what led Campbell to shoot Eaton once, cut her around the neck, and dump her body, according to the station.

Campbell was living with his wife in Mocksville until his arrest. They have three adult children. Eaton had an estranged husband and four children.

Campbell is being held without bond, as police believe he is a flight risk, says WFMY.

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