3 relatives arrested in connection to murder of 66-year-old Hickory woman

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Authorities say they arrested three of Patricia Diane Swink's relatives in relation to her murder.

Micky Lee Swink, 33 of Hickory, Tina Louise Swink, 49, and Richard Lee Deal, 39, both of Hidlebrand have been charged.

Police were called out to the home in the 2000 block of 9th Avenue on Tuesday around 6:14 p.m. in reference to a death case.

When officers arrived they found Patricia Diane Swink, 66, dead inside the home. Her vehicle was stolen from the house, but police have since found it. Police believe the suspect and victim knew one another.

Micky Swink is charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and murder.

Tina Swink is charged with murder.

Deal is charged with accessory after the fact.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department at (828) 324-2060.