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Newton man dies after stabbing

November 20, 2011

Gary Clinton Farmer is charged with first-degree murder.

A Newton man was killed in Lincolnton on Friday night when an altercation ended in a stabbing.

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies found Donald Lee Hoyle Jr., 31, of Newton, stabbed when they responded to a call about 9:20 p.m. at 346 Grandview Lane in Lincolnton. Hoyle was on the ground in front of a mobile home, according to the sheriff's office.

Detective Lt. Tim Johnson of the sheriff's office Major Crimes Unit said Hoyle was stabbed with a sharp object in the chest area. Hoyle was transported to Carolinas Medical Center's Lincoln campus, where he died.

A man standing outside the mobile home told deputies Gary Clinton Farmer had stabbed Hoyle and was inside the home.

Deputies entered the home and arrested Farmer, of 346 Grandview Lane. He is charged with first-degree murder and is in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond. He is expected to appear in court Monday morning.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies also responded to an altercation at 346 Grandview Lane around 8:45 p.m., but no one wanted to press charges at that time.

The State Bureau of Investigation and Lincolnton Police Department assisted the sheriff's office in an investigation of the stabbing.

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