Woman charged in fatal stabbing at Chapel Hill apartment
Posted August 8, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — 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.
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.