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Gastonia man charged in death of his mother

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GASTONIA — A Gaston County man is charged with murder in the death of his elderly mother.

Police were called to a home on Rosebriar Lane at about 6:45 a.m. Saturday. They say they found Odessa Martin, 81, dead of a stab wound. Her son David Martin Sr., 64, was outside the house with a stab wound to his arm.

He is now charged with first-degree murder.

"There's a previous history of domestic violence orders being served at this residence so that's where we're at at this point," said Capt. Joseph Ramey, of the Gaston Count Police Department.

Police said they are still looking for a motive to the killing.

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