A Lincolnton man is expected to appear in court today on a first-degree murder charge after deputies said he used a sharp object to stab a Newton man in the chest Friday night following an argument.
Gary Clinton Farmer, 54, of 346 Grandview Lane is accused of stabbing 31-year-old Donald Lee Hoyle Jr. of 1310 Clarkâ€™s Creek Circle at Farmerâ€™s residence sometime after 9 p.m., authorities said.
Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and rushed Hoyle to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln where he was later pronounced dead, according to the Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
Authorities noted that a man standing near Hoyle, who was lying on the ground, told them that Farmer, who was still inside the residence, was to blame for the incident.
The two men had also been arguing inside the home less than hour before the stabbing took place, forcing authorities to respond around 8:45 p.m, but neither of the men wished to press charges at that time, deputies said.
Farmer is currently being held without bond in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.
Lincolnton Police and the State Bureau of Investigation also responded to Fridayâ€™s scene.
The Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office is continuing an investigation into Hoyleâ€™s death.
According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, Farmerâ€™s criminal record, which dates back to 1990, shows only misdemeanor offenses within Lincoln and Iredell Counties for assault with a deadly weapon, obstructing justice, assault on a policeman and driving with a revoked license.
The incident occurred almost a month to the day after the areaâ€™s last homicide, when police found a woman dead inside her home on West Sycamore Street on Oct. 19.
Matthew Carol Broome, 26, of 410 West Sycamore Street, is being held without bond in the Lincoln County jail for allegedly murdering 37-year-old girlfriend, Lynsette Jo Latusek, at their residence in that incident.
Police remain uncertain as to exactly how the she died. Her body is currently undergoing an autopsy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Raleigh.