Harnett County sheriff's deputies responded to a reported stabbing Tuesday night on Joe Collins Road near Lillington. When they arrived, they found Diane Howell lying on the ground in the driveway of her home.
Authorities said Howell and her friends were having a cookout when an altercation ensued between Howell and 47-year-old Frank Dean Gibson. During the altercation, Gibson reportedly stabbed Howell in the stomach/chest area.
Howell was transported to Good Hope Hospital in Erwin where she later died.
Authorities found Gibson hiding under a bed at the home. He was reportedly injured when he was being disarmed by the people at the cookout. He was treated and released from Good Hope Hospital.
The Harnett County Sheriff's Office has charged Gibson with first-degree murder. He is being held at the Harnett County Detention Center without bond.
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