Silver Spring Woman Died of Blunt-Force Trauma, Asphyxiation in Domestic-Related Homicide

Her fiancé has been charged with her murder


Anthony Strong


A Silver Spring woman found dead in the house she shared with her fiancé Tuesday died from blunt-force trauma and asphyxiation, the state medical examiner’s office determined Thursday.

Chaunya Michalyn Blackwell, 43, died in what prosecutor Debbie Feinstein described as a crime of “extreme violence.” Her fiancé, Anthony Strong, 50, allegedly killed her by strangling her, gouging her eyes and holding a pillow to her face when he saw her hand move, Feinstein said Wednesday.

Strong called 911 Tuesday morning to tell police he had killed her in their house at Bradbury Manor Court in the White Oak area, Montgomery County police said. He was waiting for police in his driveway and officers arrested him without incident.

He told police he “snapped” and “was angry at her for spending his money,” Feinstein said.

During a bail hearing on Wednesday, Strong—appearing on a video hookup from the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville—told Judge Patricia Mitchell, “I wish to not say anything, ma’am.”

Leonard H. Addison IV, a public defender representing him, also did not comment on the allegations.

Strong is being held without bail on first-degree murder charges. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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