Statesville police on Tuesday charged a man with murder in a fatal stabbing on West End Avenue.
Responding to a disturbance involving a knife, police found Kailab Schylar Payne, 21, of Morganton, unconscious with multiple stab wounds in a back bedroom of a home in the 1000 block of West End Avenue. Iredell EMS paramedics pronounced Payne dead at the scene.
Police arrested and charged Gary Scott Smith, 47, of Statesville, with murder. Smith was at the home when police arrived about 9:45 p.m. Monday. He was jailed without bail. Police are not saying what they believe led to Payne’s stabbing.