Crime & Courts

Drug deal turned violent and led to woman’s death in Rowan County, officials say

A 25-year-old Davidson woman was killed Sunday when a drug deal went wrong, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Lakyn Jade Bailey, who would have turned 26 on Monday, was staying at a motel in Statesville before she was killed, the sheriff’s office said.

At some point before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, she traveled to Rowan County and was killed somewhere near Woodleaf Road northwest of Salisbury, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office said a friend of Bailey’s drove her to a convenience store on Statesville Boulevard in Salisbury, where police responded and she was found dead in the car.

That friend was Jason Donald Cranfill, 41, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday morning. He has been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and was arrested in Rowan County.

Cranfill lived in Statesville and may have been homeless, the sheriff’s office said.

Police have not named a suspect in Bailey’s killing.

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