Woman charged with murder in Chapel Hill stabbing death

jporter@newsobserver.comAugust 8, 2013 

— A woman charged with murder in the stabbing death of a man at a Hillsborough Street apartment Wednesday night had filed a domestic violence protective order against him in July 2012.

In the complaint, Michelle Denise McClinton of 106 Ashley Forrest Road, said she encountered Darryn Maurice Dye on Franklin Street after she had moved and put him out of her home in May 2012. The two were not married.

“Darryn was blowing leaves, he blew leaves on me,” the complaint, filed July 17, 2012, states. “He called me whore, bitch, crackhead whore. He was spitting in my face.”

The complaint goes on to say that Dye fractured McClinton’s shoulder in the past.

Dye was ordered not to contact McClinton until July 2013, but in October, McClinton filed a motion to set aside the court order.

“I feel good about the change that Darryn Dye has done with his life,” she wrote in the motion. “He’s a better man now. He has shown me a lot of goodness in his heart.”

McClinton, 48, was arrested at 10:07 p.m. Wednesday after officers responded to a reported assault in apartment G3 at the complex near downtown. Officers found Dye, 45, unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dye did not live in the beige, strip-buildings at 529 Hillsborough St., but several neighbors said they knew the couple.

They said Dye was abusive and that they had seen and heard Dye and McClinton fighting in the past.

“Michelle’s not a violent person,” said Julius Walker, a friend of McClinton’s since childhood. “She likes to joke and play around, but she’s not that type of person. She kept going back to him; I can’t believe she did it.”

Nelda Wade knows McClinton from high school. She said Dye took odd jobs at University United Methodist Church on Franklin Street, and that Chapel Hill police “knew all about him.”

Dye had a long criminal history including numerous charges of assault on female. He last served seven month in prison in 2011 for two misdemeanor assault charges in 2010.

“I hate that (Dye) got stabbed,” Wade said. “But I feel for Michelle because she was beat. I feel like she needs to be free. Domestic violence is no joke; sometimes you do what you have to do.”

McClinton is charged with first-degree murder and had her first court appearance Thursday. She is being held without bond in Orange County Jail.

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