Authorities have arrested a woman believed to be involved in the stabbing death of her 69-year old aunt in Laurel Hill.
Sheriff Shep Jones said deputies took 31-year old Donna Kay Walters, of Buck Ridge Way, Laurel Hill, for the murder of Thelma Norton. Walters was arrested at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Bond has not been set.
Norton's body was found in the kitchen of her home at 21320 Country Mile Road Thursday afternoon, according to Jones.
The incident is believed to have stemmed from a robbery attempt, though investigators have yet to confirm if anything was removed from the home.
Jones said the exact time of the stabbing is unknown, but investigators believe the incident happened late Wednesday or early Thursday.
Investigators found Walter’s vehicle abandoned on McFarland Road Thursday night at 7:30.
Jones would not say if Walters acted alone, adding that "it is possible that there could be some additional arrests as well."
He does believe someone transported Walters from McFarland Road.
Norton's body was taken to Chapel Hill for autopsy.
Walters has had several brushes with the law in the past, according to DOC records.
While she has not served any jail time in North Carolina, she has multiple criminal convictions.
In 1997, Walters was convicted of breaking and entering and larceny, assault with a deadly weapon and larceny, all in Scotland County.
In 1998, she was convicted of shoplifting in Moore County.
In 2000 she was convicted of three different counts of fraud, two in Robeson County and one in Richmond County.