Son charged in bedridden mother's slaying, police say

by: Jenna Deery Updated:


GASTONIA, N.C. - A son is charged with killing his bedridden mother.

Investigators say the suspect set a fire in the bedroom at their home on McFarland Drive in Gastonia and then left.

Jerry Gibble, 47, faces arson and first-degree murder charges and was booked into the Gaston County jail.

Gibble had just gone to Myrtle Beach to pick up his mother a few weeks ago. Police believe in that short time, the care she needed became too much for him.

Gibble's neighbor, William Christenbury, said a conversation the two had not long ago was all about Gibble's mother, Brenda Dixon.

"He went and picked her up about two weeks ago and he was tickled to death that she agreed to come live with him," Christenbury said.

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Investigators said Dixon died in the fire in her bedroom after being overcome by carbon monoxide.

They said Gibble set it while she was sleeping then then left the house to pick up his girlfriend from work and run a few errands.

They said the evidence is there to charge with him with arson and her murder.

But Christenbury said he still can't see it.

"He acted like a kid getting a toy at Christmas when his mom agreed to come stay with him," he said. "I just don't see him acting that way."

Police said Gibble's mother suffered from mental deterioration.

They have not said how the fire was set but they are confident the one who set it is behind bars Monday night.

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