Man charged in stabbing death of woman in Hickory

Hickory Police Department 

A man is being held without bond and charged with murder in the stabbing death of a woman in Hickory on Christmas Eve, according to the Hickory Police Department. 

At approximately 12:21 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24 officers were called to 98 3rd Ave SE Apt. #9 in reference to a person being stabbed. As police arrived on scene, they located Octavia Deanna Beatty, 33, suffering from an apparent stab wound. 

Authorities said Beatty was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center where she died from her injuries. 

A warrant for the charge of murder was issued for Jerry Lewis Woods, 40, of Hickory. He was later arrested and served with the outstanding warrant and is being held at the Catawba County Detention Center. Authorities said it appears this was a domestic related incident. 

Anyone with further information on this case is asked to call Inv. K. Craig at 828-261-2616.