Michael Gayle, suspect in D.C. domestic killing, arrested in North Carolina

July 23, 2014

Police in Charlotte, N.C., have arrested a suspect being sought in the June 29 stabbing death of Eboni Domally, whose body was found in her Southeast Washington house that was occupied by her three young children, according to D.C. law enforcement authorities.

Michael C. Gayle, 33, was found by the U.S. marshals and officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Police have said Gayle is the father of one of Domally’s three children. He is charged in an arrest warrant with second-degree murder.

The suspect was being held Wednesday in the Mecklenburg County Jail pending extradition to the District. D.C. Asst. Police Chief Peter Newsham confirmed the arrest.

Gayle appeared in U.S. District Court in North Carolina on Tuesday and waived his right to an extradition hearing. A judge ordered him returned to the District; a date has not yet been set.

Domally’s body was found about 4:15 a.m. June 29 near a basement door of the single-family home in the 5200 block of Queens Stroll Place. Authorities said she had been wounded in the abdomen and that a knife handle was discovered nearby.

An arrest affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in North Carolina says that one of the occupants of the house woke up to screams, came downstairs and saw a man straddling Domally and choking her as she lay on the floor. The occupant ran back upstairs, and then returned to see Domally being stabbed, the court document says. That person ran to a neighbor’s house and called police.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier described the crime as “horrible” during an interview after the attack, in which she addressed a rise in domestic-related killings in the District.

Domally was one of three women whose bodies were found inside residences in the span of several days. Mary Anne Thomas, 53, was found fatally shot Friday in the 1200 block of Howison Place SW. Barbara Moore, 64, was found asphyxiated, also Friday, in the 4100 block of Gault Place NE.

D.C. police have said the killings do not appear related. Authorities said on Wednesday that there have been no arrests in the cases involving Thomas and Moore.

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