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Murder suspect to be back in court Tues.

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer
A murder suspect accused of stabbing a friend at his Lincolnton residence last month is expected to make his second appearance in Lincoln County district court Tuesday morning.
Gary Clinton Farmer, 54, of 346 Grandview Lane allegedly used an unknown sharp object to stab to death Donald Lee Hoyle Jr., 31, of 1310 Clark’s Creek Circle the night of Nov. 19.
Three days later, Farmer was appointed defense attorney Douglas Hall during a first court appearance, according to the Clerk of Court’s Office.
Farmer and Hoyle had been arguing at the residence that night, deputies said. Less than an hour before the stabbing, authorities responded to the home regarding an altercation but no charges were pressed.
During a second call out to the residence later that night, authorities said they found Hoyle injured and lying on the ground in front of the home, with a man standing by his side.
Farmer, who was still inside the residence, was immediately arrested. He’s currently being held without bond in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a first-degree murder charge.
The jail website also revealed that he has a $10,000 bond listed for a probation violation.
Sheriff’s Office authorities remain unclear about a motive for the murder or why the men were arguing. Authorities have also yet to identify the murder weapon.
Lt. Tim Johnson, head of Criminal Investigations, along with the State Bureau of Investigation is continuing to look into the homicide.
Farmer’s only been convicted of misdemeanor crimes in the state since 1990, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website. Crimes took place in Lincoln and Iredell Counties and included assault on a policeman, obstructing justice and assault with a deadly weapon.
Hoyle has at least two felonies on his record for drug possession and larceny in Lincoln and Gaston Counties, NC DOC showed.
Lincolnton Police also responded to last month’s murder scene. In addition, they are continuing to investigate another Lincoln County homicide, which took place inside the city in October.
Lynsette Jo Latusek, 37, was found dead inside her Lincolnton home on Oct. 19. Her boyfriend 25-year-old Matthew Broome has been charged with her murder. Police said the two lived together at 410 West Sycamore Street.
Broome is set to make his second court appearance on Dec. 21.
Autopsies of both murder victims are currently underway at a hospital in Raleigh.

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