GASTON COUNTY, NC - A Gaston County woman is in jail after being accused of killing three people inside an Alexis, NC home.
Gaston County Police Officers were called to check the welfare of people at the 100 block of Alexis-Lucia Rd, Alexis Monday night around 8 p.m.
A concerned family member met officers at the address.
When the officers arrived they found three people dead from apparent gunshot wounds and naked inside the home including her husband, 40-year-old Giovanni Gambino.
The three victims met online, according to reports.
A neighbor says he heard gunshots from the home Monday morning.
The other victims found at the scene have been identified as Geoffrey Glenn Gilliland, 39 and Stephanie Lynn Sanchez, 33. Prior to this incident, both were residing at the Greenleafe Inn in Charlotte.
Officers say the couple had two kids but they were not involved in the incident.
Crystal Gambino, 42, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her husband. On Wednesday, March 2 Gambino was also charged two additional counts regarding the deaths of Gilliland and Sanchez.
She is currently being held in the Gaston County Jail without bond.
New details in a Gaston County triple homicide. Crystal Gambino appeared in court Thursday, facing more charges in the murders of three people, including her husband.
We dug deeper into the story and found court documents that point to possible domestic abuse.
"She's not a monster."
A close friend of Crystal Gambino spoke with us, but didn't want to share her identity. She says the suspect's husband, Gio Gambino, was abusive and isolated her from friends and family.
"Gio would beat the crap out of her for helping other people. He was mean to her. He was always mean to her."
According to court documents, the suspect did in fact file a restraining order against her husband in 2009. In it she wrote that he threatened to kill her and take their child away. Shortly after, she dismissed those.
A social worker with the Gaston County women's shelter says that's very common for women living with domestic violence.
"They're often threatened that 'if you follow through with this I'll kill you', or 'I'll take our children', or 'I know the judge.' It's not true. They use it against them."
The women's advocate says, on an average, it takes seven times to successfully leave a domestic violence situation.
Stats show that one in four women in the United States have been in a violent situation with an intimate partner in their lifetime.
For more information about the Gaston County women's shelter, click here