Woman charged with murder in Chapel Hill stabbing death

jporter@newsobserver.comAugust 9, 2013 

— A homeowner in the Brookside complex where a man was fatally stabbed Wednesday said he complained for months to the owner of the unit where the man was killed.

Eric Plow emailed CASA – a nonprofit that provides low-income housing to people with disabilities – about 50 times, asking it to evict tenant Angela Gilmore from apartment G3 at 529 Hillsborough St.

Police responded to an assault at the apartment Wednesday night, where they found Darryn Maurice Dye, 45, had been stabbed once in the chest.

Officers charged Michelle Denise McClinton, 48, with first-degree murder.

In emails to CASA, Plow complained of noise violations, drunkenness, fighting and other disturbances coming from Gilmore’s apartment.

“Nothing was done for many months,” Plow said Thursday. “Neighbors lived in great fear. The homeowners’ association did everything we could to get the owner to evict the tenant, it was just constant violence and yelling and screaming at all hours.”

Wednesday was the fourth time police had gone to apartment G3 this year, Capt. Danny Lloyd said.

Plow emailed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development June 19, saying CASA “is either not performing proper background checks and/or are very slow to take action to rectify problems created by their tenants.”

On June 20, CASA told Plow the agency had “decided not to renew the tenants lease (ends in August 2013),” according to an email from housing director Arnetta Adams-Brown.

In a statement Friday, Chief Operations Officer Mary Jean Seyda said CASA had been in regular contact with the tenant and the homeowner’s association.

“We have been working within the confines of our lease,” she said. “CASA has been in business for 21 years with over 300 units across the Triangle, and this is the first time anything like this has happened.”

Neither Dye nor McClinton, whose address is 106 Ashley Forrest Road, lived at Brookside, but several neighbors said they knew them and had heard them fighting in the past.

“Michelle’s not a violent person,” said Julius Walker, a friend of McClinton’s. “She likes to joke and play around, but she’s not that type of person. She kept going back to him; I can’t believe she did it.”

Dye had a long criminal history including numerous charges of assault. He served seven months in prison in 2011 for two misdemeanor assault charges in 2010.

“I hate that (Dye) got stabbed,” said Nelda Wade. “But I feel for Michelle because she was beat. ... Domestic violence is no joke; sometimes you do what you have to do.”

In July 2012, McClinton obtained a protective order against Dye but withdrew it in October.

“He’s a better man now,” she wrote in the motion. “He has shown me a lot of goodness in his heart.”

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