Man stabbed to death in Statesville


STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in Statesville have arrested a man and charged him with murder in the stabbing death of another man.

Local media outlets reported that 47-year-old Gary Scott Smith of Statesville was arrested Tuesday.

Twenty-one-year-old Kailab Schylar Payne of Morganton was found Monday night unconscious with several stab wounds in a bedroom of a home in Statesville.

Iredell County EMS paramedics pronounced Payne dead at the scene.

Smith was at the home when police arrived. Investigators have not said what they think prompted the stabbing.

It was not known if Smith has an attorney.

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