Forsyth County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a man accused of stabbing a man and a woman to death in their apartment, then dismembering the bodies, wrapping them up in carpet and leaving them in woods near the same apartment.
Tyrone Donte Gladden, 46, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of dismembering human remains in order to conceal an unnatural death. A Forsyth County grand jury indicted Gladden on those charges on May 6.
He is accused of killing Gary Michael Craig Jr., 36, and Devette Carnetta Campbell, 40, between June 16 and June 30, 2017, the indictments said. Craig and Campbell were dating, and Campbell had just moved into Craig’s apartment at Willow Creek Apartments at 100 Stagecoach Road earlier that same month. Gladden had been living in Craig’s apartment, according to court documents.
Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill filed on Monday a notice of intent to seek the death penalty. O’Neill also requests the scheduling for what is known as a Rule 24 hearing. At that hearing, prosecutors will have to present to a judge at least one out of 11 aggravating circumstances allowed under state law to pursue the death penalty against a defendant.
O’Neill said Tuesday that a hearing has not yet been scheduled. Gladden’s attorney, Vince Rabil, declined to comment.
Autopsy reports said Campbell was stabbed in the chest and the neck. Craig was stabbed 18 times in the chest and neck.
Winston-Salem police officers were called to Willow Creek Apartments on July 17, 2017 to perform a welfare check on Campbell after she had not been seen for more than a month by her family members.
Tomeka Roberson, Craig’s sister, told police Craig had not picked up his children on July 4, 2017, and she had not been able to contact her brother, which she said was unusual.
According to search warrants, police found no one in the apartment. The apartment had been stripped of all carpeting and carpet padding. Apartment managers told police that they had not removed the carpeting.
Police officers searched outside the apartments and found a human torso in the wooded area behind the apartments.
They found more human remains and initially believed the remains belonged to one person. By July 20, 2017, officers determined that the remains belonged to two people. Those remains were later identified as those of Campbell and Craig. Officers found what appeared to be blood in different areas of the apartment, according to search warrants.
Alicia Craig, another one of Craig’s sisters, told the Journal that Craig moved to Winston-Salem from Atlanta in February 2017 and had five daughters. He was working and had just gotten a car. He and Campbell met that same month and became friends. Then, the two began dating. Campbell had an adult son named Jevonte and loved singing at her church and writing and performing poetry, according to her mother, Una Campbell Jones. Campbell also had written a book, “3 X’s a Fool.”
Search warrants said that in the days after Craig and Campbell went missing, Gladden was seen driving Craig’s car. Gladden also was seen moving items out of the apartment, including carpet, search warrants said.
A large knife and a small knife were among the items Winston-Salem police officers seized from the apartment. They also took possible DNA from the apartment as well as hair fibers, the search warrants said.
Gladden is in the Forsyth County Jail with no bond allowed.