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Murder, rape case hearings set for Monday



Staff Writer

Both a murder suspect and a woman accused of statutory rape are slated to appear in Lincoln County Superior Court next week.

John Paul Gaddy, 25, of 1145 Oakbrook Lane in Denver, and Marilyn Elizabeth Brinkley, 48, of 2146 Vest Street in Lincolnton, will stand before a Superior Court judge on Monday.

Gaddy’s charged in the 2010 death of 49-year-old neighbor Jimmy William Cole. Gaddy allegedly beat Cole to death with a crowbar before setting the victim’s house on fire, according to an archived Times-News report.

Cole lived down the road from his alleged murderer at 1160 Oakbrook Lane. Emergency response crews located the burned body in the home’s doorway.

Initially following Gaddy’s arrest, 18-year-old live-in girlfriend Diana Marie Kriss told police that he was apologetic for the crime but had no recollection of the event.

Public records on the North Carolina Department of Correction website revealed that Gaddy was jailed for more than a year for common law robbery in Rowan County in 2006. During his time behind bars, he’s been charged with nearly a dozen infractions, and at one point during his incarceration, was placed on “disciplinary segregation.”
Gaddy faces additional charges for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and failure to appear and is currently being held under a $300,000 bond.

Brinkley has been behind Lincoln County bars since March 2011 for allegedly raping a 15-year-old boy. She faces a charge of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old by a defendant six years older. She’s being held under a $10,000 bond.

NC DOC showed that her criminal history includes felony drug charges and a nine-month stay in prison for a Lincoln County conviction in 1999.

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