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A 31-year-old Gaston man is accused of stabbing an 81-year-old woman to death in their home.

Anthony McCracken of 120 Romley Place is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers said Tuesday.

Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth identified the woman as Suzanne Cook.

Arrest warrants accuse McCracken of using a knife to stab Cook.

McCracken “is the only person who was at the victim’s residence during the relevant timeframe” of Cook’s death, according to his arrest warrants.

Warrants also state that McCracken had apparent blood stains on his clothing, even though he “may have attempted to wash his clothes while wearing them.”

Investigators found a knife inside the residence consistent with stab wounds to Cook’s back, the warrants state.

McCracken “admitted to recently using methamphetamine prior to the incident,” a warrant states.

Deputies responded to the Romley Place home at 5:17 p.m. Monday for a call of a possible cardiac arrest, according to an incident report.

Calhoun County EMS requested law enforcement go to the scene due to family members sounding argumentative on a 911 call, the report states.

While deputies were on the way, medics determined Cook was deceased.

Medics said McCracken was in the house when they arrived, however, he’d attempted to leave the scene and acted strangely, the report states.

Summers said McCracken and Cook were acquaintances who lived at the same residence.

He said a motive for Cook’s death remains under investigation.

McCracken is accused of a “senseless death,” Summers said.

If he’s convicted, McCracken faces life in prison.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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