Man charged with murder after stabbing, lighting girlfriend on fire in Rowan County

  • Source: WJZY-TV FOX 46 Charlotte
  • Published: 05/14/2024 12:00 AM

James Joseph Gunnerson, 48, is now being charged with murder after stabbing his girlfriend and then lighting her on fire in her home, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Just before 1 a.m. on Friday, May 10, deputies responded to a possible arson at 1220 Chez Charolais Road. Communications also told deputies about a possible stabbing at the location. When they arrived, they saw a single-wide mobile home that was on fire, officials said. Detectives believe the victim, Tamra Marie Clemans, was at her residence with her boyfriend, Gunnerson, when he stabbed her with a knife after an argument. After stabbing Clemans, Gunnerson doused her and the home with motor fuel and lit it on fire. Officials say Clemans was able to escape to a neighbor’s house for help.


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