- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Gaston County have charged a Belmont woman with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a man who used to be her roommate.

Local media outlets report 32-year-old Iva Dawn Helms was arrested on Wednesday in the death of 61-year-old James William Dellinger. Gaston County Police say Helms called 911 on Saturday to report finding Dellinger dead inside his home from a knife wound.

According to police, Helms had previously been Dellinger’s roommate and had stayed with him for several days recently.

Police said they charged Helms after conducting several interviews and consulting with the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office and Gaston County District Attorney’s Office. Helms was arrested without incident and was jailed without bail. It’s not known if she has an attorney.



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