A Winston-Salem man was indicted Monday on charges that he stabbed two people to death in the apartment where they had all been living, then dismembered the victims’ bodies and wrapped them up in carpet and left them in a wooden area near the apartment complex.
Tyrone Donte Gladden, 46, was indicted by a Forsyth County grand jury on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of dismembering human remains in order to conceal an unnatural death.
Gladden is accused of killing Gary Michael Craig Jr., 36, and Devetta Carnetta Campbell, 40, between June 16 and June 30, 2017, according to the indictments. 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 went to Willow Creek Apartments at 100 Stagecoach Road on July 17, 2017, to perform a welfare check on Campbell. Campbell and Craig were dating, and Campbell had moved into Craig’s apartment in June.
Family members had not heard from Craig and Campbell for more than a month. 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. Campbell’s family had not been able to reach her by phone or in person either, the search warrants said.
According to search warrants, police found no one in the apartment, which had been stripped of all carpeting and carpet padding. On that same day, officers conducted a search outside and found a human torso in the wooded area behind the apartments.
They found more human remains and initially thought the remains belonged to one person. By July 20, 2017, officers determined that the remains belonged to two people. The remains were later identified as those of Campbell and Craig. Officers searched the apartment and found what appeared to be blood in different areas, according to search warrants.
Another of Craig’s sisters, Alicia Craig, told the Journal that Craig moved to Winston-Salem from Atlanta in February 2017 and had five daughters. He was working and had recently gotten a car. He and Campbell met the same month he arrived in Winston-Salem and became friends, Una Campbell Jones, Devetta Campbell’s mother, told the Journal. The two began dating and Campbell moved into Craig’s apartment in June. Campbell had an adult son named Jevonte and loved singing at her church and writing and performing poetry. She had written a book, “3 X’s a Fool,” her mother said.
Gladden also lived in the apartment. Search warrants said that in the days after Craig and Campbell went missing, Gladden was seen driving Craig’s car. Family members told police that Campbell and Craig drove the car mostly. Gladden also was seen moving items out of the apartment, including carpet, search warrants said.
Managers of the apartment complex told police that they did not remove any carpet from the apartment, according to search warrants.
A large knife and a small knife were among the items that Winston-Salem police seized from the apartment. They also took possible DNA from the apartment as well as hair fibers, the search warrants said.
Craig’s car was found on Vesta Street in King by a hotel on July 9, 2017, with the windows down and the sunroof open.
Winston-Salem police also spoke to Gladden’s girlfriend, who told detectives that Gladden had a Samsung Tablet and that she saw in the search history that he had searched “decomposing bodies.”
The indictments move the case from Forsyth District Court to Forsyth Superior Court, where either a trial date will be set or a plea arrangement made.
Gladden is in the Forsyth County Jail with no bond allowed.