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Police Charge Two Suspects in 1st Degree Homicide

On Monday March 30th, 2020 at 1:55 PM, the Gaston County Police responded to the area of Church Street, Cramerton, NC in reference to a hit and run incident.  Police located a deceased white female near the driveway of the residence.  The victim’s identification is not being released at this point pending notification of next of kin.

Initial reports indicated the victim was struck in a hit and run incident and the North Carolina Highway Patrol responded.  Cramerton Police and Gaston County Police responded as well.  Further investigation revealed the homicide occurred during the commission of a felony motor vehicle theft.

Through the investigative process, the Gaston County Police identified and located the two suspects involved in the incident.  Police also located two vehicles that were involved.  Lowell Police and Ranlo Police assisted in the investigation as well. 

After conferring with the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office, both suspects have been charged with first degree murder.

Both suspects are currently in custody at the Gaston County Jail under a hold pending first appearance.

The investigation continues and anyone with information is asked to contact Det. B. Dalton at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000. 

There is no further information available at this time.

Ashley Nicole Martin
Ashley Nicole Martin

4/24/1987
310 Caroline Ave.
Lowell, NC

Tabatha Lee Dingess
Tabatha Lee Dingess

10/3/1981
131 Woodhaven Dr.
Stanley, NC