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HICKORY, N.C. -- A 33-year-old woman was found stabbed to death and her estranged husband is in custody.

Monroe David Byrd, 46, was charged with the murder of Amy Byrd.

Catawba County Sheriff's deputies were called to 2695 Springs Road in Hickory around 5:15 p.m. Thursday and found Amy Byrd deceased.

According to deputies, Monroe Byrd showed up at a house in Longview earlier that evening, wanting to hide out and that he told the person who lived at the home that he had killed Amy Byrd.

After Monroe Byrd left that home, the police were called. Law enforcement found him sitting in front of a building on Springs Road, covered in blood.

Deputies found Amy Byrd in the back of the building and said she had been stabbed multiple times.

Monroe Byrd is in the Catawba County jail under no bond and is claiming self defense.

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