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12/24/2018 4:42:00 PM
Murder Charge Issued In Stabbing Death Of Hickory Woman
Photo Courtesy Hickory Police Department
Photo Courtesy Hickory Police Department

Hickory Police Department
Press Release

HICKORY, N.C. – On Monday, December 24, 2018 at approximately 12:21 a.m., officers from the Hickory Police Department were called to 98 3rd Ave SE Apt #9, in reference to a person being stabbed.

Upon arrival officers discovered Octavia Deanna Beaty, a black female, 33 years of age, of Hickory, N.C. in the residence suffering from an apparent stab wound. Beatty was transported by Catawba County EMS to Frye Regional Medical Center where she later died as a result of her injuries.

A warrant for the charge of Murder was issued for Jerry Lewis Woods, a black male, 60 years of age, of Hickory, N.C. for the stabbing death of Octavia Beaty. Woods was later arrested and served with the outstanding warrant for Murder. He is currently being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility with NO BOND.

This appears to be a domestic related incident.

The Hickory Police Department is continuing this investigation and asks anyone who may have any information about this incident to contact Inv. K. Craig at 828-261-2616 or

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