Statesville man charged in stabbing death

- A man was found dead in a bedroom Monday night with multiple stab wounds, according to Statesville police.

On Monday around 9:43 p.m. officers responded to the 1000 West End Ave. in reference to a disturbance involving a knife.

Officers reported they arrived on scene and found the victim, Kailab Schylar Payne, 21, dead in the back bedroom with multiple stab wounds.

A suspect who was still on scene was taken into custody and charged with the chase. Gary Scott Smith, 47, has been charged with one count of murder and was held at the Iredell Co. Detention Center on non body. 

His first court appearance is set for Tuesday.


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