EAST SPENCER — Authorities say a man has been charged with beating his ex-girlfriend to death inside her East Spencer home.
Police say 49-year-old Joan Marie Know Lark's oldest grandchild found her body in pool of blood on Friday.
Rowan County detectives say 54-year-old Gary Cureton was arrested Friday in Kannapolis. He has been charged with murder, first degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Relatives say Lark was helping raise six of her grandchildren, all of whom were in the home when she died. Lark's mother said she didn't think any of the children had seen their grandmother killed.
Authorities say Cureton and Lark ended their relationship several weeks before she was found dead. Investigators say they had been called to the couple's house for domestic issues in the past.