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Woman charged in fatal stabbing at Chapel Hill apartment

Posted August 8, 2013

— A 48-year-old Chapel Hill woman was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in connection with a fatal stabbing at an apartment on Hillsborough Street, police said.

According to investigators, Michelle Denise McClinton, of 106 Ashley Forrest Road, killed Darryn Maurice Dye, 45, at about 10 p.m. Wednesday inside a unit at Brookside Condominiums in the 500 block of Hillsborough Street. 

Dye was pronounced dead at the scene by Orange County emergency personnel. 

Police said Dye's death is the first homicide of the year in Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill Man killed in stabbing at Chapel Hill apartment

Dye's sister, Angela Gilmore, who rents the apartment where the stabbing occurred, told WRAL News that McClinton and Dye were married. Authorities did not comment on the relationship between McClinton and Dye.

Gilmore said her brother and McClinton were at her home Wednesday night. At one point, the two went into the backyard. When they returned, McClinton went into the kitchen.

Gilmore said the next thing she knew, her brother had been stabbed.

“At first I didn’t see the knife,” a tearful Gilmore said. “I saw my brother fall down on the floor.”

Neighbors have filed numerous complaints with the homeowner's association about noise and police activity at Gilmore's apartment.

The complaints have been forwarded to CASA, a nonprofit that owns the apartment. Representatives from CASA said in a statement that the homeowner's association was notified in June that the tenant's lease would not be renewed when it expires Aug. 31.

"I am livid right now because we have been working with the homeowner's association and CASA to get these folks out," said Erika Alandt, a resident who is on Brookside's board of directors. "They're screaming at all hours of the night, and they keep us up and wake us up in the morning."

Alandt said she was disturbed to learn someone was killed next door.

"I feel incredibly unsafe in my own home right now, which is a terrifying feeling," she said.




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  • Cock a doodle doo Aug 8, 2013

    It's a shame most people can't just separate and move on with their own lives. Instead of months of grief, too many people now have to suffer a lifetime of misery and grief.

  • djofraleigh Aug 8, 2013

    "How do the complaints filed with the sister's HOA tie into this story?" -- comment

    That shows that this might have not happened if complaints were heeded, for one. There was none of the usual "they were the nicest people so I'm so surprised" comments from neighbors this time.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 8, 2013

    Well apparently this was an argument that was finally ended permanently.

  • jenforthewin Aug 8, 2013

    I've seen THAT look before! ugh! -- Wags

    She's a jewel. Fool me 19, shame on you. Fool me 20, shame on you!

  • carrboroyouth Aug 8, 2013

    If the comments regarding the man's 19 charges of assault on a female are true... it would seem to me that the police would need to see if this was a crime of self-defense.

  • Obamacare saves lives Aug 8, 2013

    "How do the complaints filed with the sister's HOA tie into this story?"

    It means that no one liked her.

  • question_why Aug 8, 2013

    How do the complaints filed with the sister's HOA tie into this story?

  • Wags Aug 8, 2013

    I've seen THAT look before! ugh!

  • jaydosse Aug 8, 2013

    That's a mean looking lady.....hope she gets the the same treatment she gave her hubby, if convicted of the alleged murder!
    Certainly is not the proper way to terminate a relationship.....ya think??

  • Jay10275 Aug 8, 2013

    Stop judging and start praying for her and his family