Suspect in deadly Gwinnett County motel stabbing due in court

A man accused of stabbing a woman to death inside a Gwinnett County motel is due in court Monday morning, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Joseph Jackson, 37, of Norcross, is scheduled for a first appearance hearing at 9 a.m. in connection with the fatal stabbing of Claudine Hargrove, the news station reported.

Joseph Jackson (Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office)

About 12:30 a.m. Saturday, a security guard found the woman inside room No. 313 at the Norcross Extended Stay in the 2200 block of Pelican Drive, Gwinnett County police said.

A witness at the motel told Channel 2 that she heard Hargrove, 38, of Norcross, having an argument with someone in the room hours before the deadly stabbing.

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While an investigation into the incident is ongoing, detectives believe the stabbing followed a domestic dispute.

It was one of two deadly domestic incidents in metro Atlanta over the weekend.

Randy Bernard Young shot his ex-girlfriend multiple times and killed her Sunday morning as she tried to pick up personal items from an apartment she shared with him, Clayton County police said.

“Prior to arriving at the location, it is known that she was involved in a verbal altercation with the suspect over the couple breaking up and her decision to move out of the residence,” police spokeswoman Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said.

Young was taken into custody about five hours after he ran from the shooting scene. During that time, authorities said he stabbed a police dog.

MORE: Man fatally shoots ex-girlfriend, stabs police dog, cops say

Anyone with information about the Gwinnett stabbing is asked to contact police at 770-513-5300.

Return to for the outcome of Jackson’s hearing.

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