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Murder suspect transferred to Goldsboro prison

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A Lincoln County murder suspect was recently transferred to a state correctional facility in Goldsboro to finish serving time for a probation violation.
Gary “Moe” Clinton Farmer, 54, of 346 Grandview Lane, south of Lincolnton, is expected to stay behind bars at Neuse Correctional Institute until May, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website.
A Gaston County jury convicted him of DWI level 2, a misdemeanor offense, last February, sentencing him to a year in prison, NC DOC showed.
Farmer is accused of using some sort of unidentified sharp object to stab family friend Donald Lee Hoyle Jr., 31, of 1310 Clark’s Creek Circle in Newton, at the suspect’s residence the night of Nov. 19.
The two men had been arguing at the residence all evening, authorities said, and deputies were even called to the home an hour before the murder, but no charges were pressed in the incident.
During a second visit to the home that night, authorities found Hoyle stabbed and on the ground in front of Farmer’s residence. Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and rushed Hoyle to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, where he was later pronounced dead.
Authorities remain unsure as to what exact object Farmer allegedly used to stab Hoyle.
“We have several knives that are being tested,” Lt. Tim Johnson said.
He added that the motive for the incident was the argument coupled with too much alcohol.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation are continuing to investigate the homicide.
Farmer’s criminal record spans more than three decades and is dotted with several misdemeanor offenses in Lincoln, Iredell, Catawba and Gaston counties for various instances of DWI along with assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a policeman, reckless driving, larceny and obstructing justice. He also has a single felony conviction for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in 1985 in Catawba County.
Nearly a year prior to the alleged murder, Farmer was arrested for stabbing a Cherryville teen following an argument at Farmer’s then West Lincoln residence, according to a Times-News article. Authorities said the victim recovered in that incident.
Farmer has already made two district court appearances on the murder charge. The Clerk of Court’s Office said he will appear next in Superior Court, but a date has yet to be determined.
He’ll be transferred back to Lincoln County upon his release from prison in May. According to NC DOC, Farmer’s also due for a custody review on July 1.

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