Death penalty sought for man accused of killing E. Spencer grandmother with baseball bat | Crime
SALISBURY - The Rowan District Attorney's Office announced in court on Monday that it would seek the death penalty against Gary Cureton, accused of killing his ex girlfriend in her East Spencer home in January.
Investigators say Joan Marie Lark, 49, was beaten to death with a bat by Cureton as her six grandchildren slept upstairs. It happened at Lark's home at 110 W. Spencer Street. Lark's body was found by her grandchildren on the morning of January 27.
Cureton had been Lark's boyfriend and had been living in the home with Lark until a few weeks before the alleged murder. At the time of her death, neighbors and family members told WBTV that Lark had made some decisions to "improve her life," and that one of those decisions was to ask Cureton to leave her home.
Cureton was arrested at a home on Concord Lake Road in Kannapolis later in the afternoon on the same day. A criminal records check showed that Cureton has a history of domestic violence. In 2008, he was convicted of two counts of communicating threats. In 2000, he was convicted of two counts of domestic criminal trespassing and assault on a female.
Relatives said Cureton had made several threat against Lark in the days prior to her death.
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Cureton has been in the Rowan County Detention Center since his arrest, held on no bond on charges of first degree murder, burglary, and robbery with a firearm.
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