Estranged Husband Kills Wife In Winston-Salem, Hangs Himself

6:07 PM, Dec 4, 2009   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- A woman was found stabbed to death Friday morning behind a home on Ardmore Village Lane.  Her estranged husband, a suspect in the murder, was found hanging from a tree less than two hours later in Davidson County.

Capt. David Clayton says officers were called to the scene around 5:30am after someone called 911 reporting a woman screaming for help.  The victim, Allison Holt Gaither, was found in the backyard of a home on the street,

Around 7am, authorities in Davidson County were called after a report of a man hanging from a tree off Friendship Church Road.

Davidson County Sheriff David Grice says the deaths are connected.  Grice says the man has been identified as 32-year-old Cory Gaither.

Gaither is the husband of the Winston-Salem murder victim.  Grice says Allison Gaither had taken out a restraining order against her husband. 

"The development of the 50-B Law is to protect people against domestic violence, and regardless of the effectiveness of the 50-B, it still happens sometimes." Grice explained.

Investigators believe Cory Gaither chased his wife before stabbing her to death in a neighbor's yard.   They say Gaither then drove 11 miles into Davidson County and killed himself. 

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