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Murder case sent to Superior Court

Staff Writer


A Lincoln County murder case was waived up to Superior Court on Tuesday.
Gary Clinton Farmer, 51, of 346 Grandview Lane, who’s been charged with stabbing 31-year-old Donald Lee Hoyle Jr., of 1310 Clark’s Creek Circle, made his second appearance Tuesday in a Lincoln County courtroom.
The Clerk of Court’s Office has confirmed to the Times-News that the case has been continued and Farmer is set to appear next in Superior Court. A court date has not been determined at this time, the clerk’s office said.
Farmer and Hoyle had been arguing at Farmer’s residence the night of the murder. Prior to the stabbing, deputies said they responded to the home in reference to a disturbance. When they returned to the home a short time later, Hoyle had been stabbed and was in critical condition. He died on the way to the hospital.
According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, Farmer has a prior criminal record in Lincoln and Iredell counties for misdemeanor assault on a policeman, obstructing justice and assault with a deadly weapon. State records do not show any prior felony convictions.
Farmer is currently being held without bond in the Lincoln County jail and also faces a probation violation, a charge for which he has secured a $10,000 bond.

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