Deputies charge man with murder after 63-year-old aunt found stabbed

by: Alexa Ashwell Updated:


CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. - A Cabarrus County man is accused of stabbing and killing his aunt inside their home in Rockwell.

Sheriff deputies responded to the home on Sapp Road after a woman called 911  Wednesday morning and told a dispatcher she found her mother, Gwendalyn Reid, 63, stabbed to death inside her home.

Reid’s nephew, Ashley Nathanael Seymour, 28, was near the scene of the incident and arrested for the crime.

Investigators have not confirmed what led up to the stabbing.

Relatives of Seymour told Channel 9 he had been living with his aunt since his mother died in 2012.  They described him as a troubled person.

“He had his mood swings,” said Janice Perry, who is the victim’s sister-in-law. “Some days he would be good, uplifted. Other days he would be kind of down.”

Perry called the stabbing a senseless crime and can’t believe her loved one is now gone.

“She was such a goodhearted person,” said Perry.  “She is going to be missed by a lot of people, especially her family.”

Seymour was transported to the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office where he was interviewed by detectives. 
He has been charged with one count of murder.  He is currently in the Cabarrus Detention Facility with no bond.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers at 704-93-CRIME or the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office at 704-920-3000.