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Man hit, killed roommate with toilet tank lid, police say

Police say the man was found dead in a home on Fraley Church Road.

GASTONIA, N.C. — An arrest was made in connection with a homicide in Gastonia Wednesday, police announced. 

The Gastonia Police Department responded to a report of an unconscious person at a home on Fraley Church Road, just off Lowell Road, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. When officers arrived, they found 26-year-old Brandon Patty suffering from a head injury. Patty was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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During the investigation, officers alleged that 57-year-old James Thomas Robinson, who lived with Patty, hit Patty in the head with a toilet tank lid, killing him. Robinson was arrested at the scene and is charged with first-degree murder. 

Detectives have not yet determined a motive in the case. Robinson is being held without bond. 

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