Police charge 26-year-old man with stabbing his mother to death

Police have not said what led to the killing, reported Monday morning in northeast Charlotte.
Dionte Marquel Long
Dionte Marquel Long

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a 26-year-old man in the stabbing death of his mother, 50-year-old Marcella Lightner Thrash.

The suspect, Dionte Marquel Long, was in Mecklenburg jail facing a murder charge.

The killing was reported early Monday in the 5600 block of Hubbard Point Drive, which is near W. Sugar Creek Road and W. WT Harris Boulevard in the University City Division.

When officers reached the scene, they found a female victim, later identified as Thrash, with stab wounds. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

A man described by police as a “subject of interest” also was at the home. He was taken to CMPD headquarters for questioning. That man on Tuesday was identified as Long, the victim’s son.

CMPD has not said what led to the killing. Mecklenburg jail records show no previous arrest for Long

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak to a homicide detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.


As of April 10, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have been called to investigate 28 homicides this year. That compares with 67 homicides in all of 2016.

Glenn Burkins
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