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Police arrest pair in Gastonia man’s death

Police on Friday arrested and charged a man and a woman in last month’s killing of Brian Dale Jones, 41, of Gastonia.

Jones was dead when his body was dumped March 23 in the 8900 block of Old Dowd Road in west Charlotte, police have said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police determined that Jones was killed at a home in the 200 block of Green Chapman Road in Gastonia, and the case was transferred to Gaston County police on Thursday.

Police charged Avery Joe Lail Jr., 49, of Gastonia with first-degree murder and Delia Aldridge Rick, 56, of Gastonia with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

Lail was being held without bond in the Gaston County Jail on Friday. Rick was jailed under a $100,000 bond.

Police haven’t said how Jones died and are asking anyone with information in the case to call them at 704-866-3320.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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