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3/31/2020 10:17:00 AM
Alleged Car Theft Attempt Results In Murder Charges
(L-R) Tabitha Lee Dinges and Ashley Nicole Martin
(L-R) Tabitha Lee Dinges and
Ashley Nicole Martin

Gaston County Police
Press Release

Two women, one from Bessemer City (according to her arrest record) and one from Stanley, have been charged with murder in the death of another woman Monday afternoon.

At 1:55 PM  Monday (March 30th), police responded to 707 Church Street, a Cramerton address just south of  McAdenville, after a report of a hit and run incident.  Police found 44-year-old Dana Jackson Robinson lying dead in the driveway of her residence. 

Initial reports indicated she was struck in a hit and run incident and the North Carolina Highway Patrol responded.  Cramerton Police and Gaston County Police responded as well.  Further investigation revealed the homicide occurred during the commission of a motor vehicle theft.

Gaston County Police identified and located  two suspects and with the help of  Lowell Police and Ranlo Police arrested the two women: Ashley Nicole Martin, 32 (her booking information had her address as Bessemer City, but police listed it as 310 Carline Ave., Lowell); and Tabitha Lee Dinges, 38, of 131 Woodhaven Drive, Stanley.  Martin, who has at times also lived in Charlotte, had previously been charged with theft of a motor vehicle in 2018 and possession of a stolen vehicle in 2016 as well as other charges last year.  At  the time of this latest incident, she was free on $22,500 secured bond.  Dingess was also free on bond from a drug charge in May 2018--she had failed to appear on multiple occasions.  The two  were charged with first degree murder.  They had a first appearance in district court on Tuesday (March 31st) and were returned to jail without bond.  Their next court date was set for May 5th.  

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