A.L. Brown grad stabbed to death in argument

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 22, 2012

An A.L. Brown High School graduate died Monday night after being stabbed during an argument with a neighbor, authorities said.
Kadi Ann Paden, 20, had a severe knife wound to her neck when deputies found her in the yard behind a home at 7067 Untz Road in western Cabarrus County just before 9 p.m., the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office reported.
She died at the scene. 
Authorities found Dakota Lynn Castner, of 7067 Untz Road, hiding in a nearby wooded area, the Sheriff’s Office said. She was charged with murder and is being held without bond.
Deputies responded to Untz Road after receiving calls about a fight between two women.
The Sheriff’s Office said a female caller witnessed the incident and told 911 communications that a woman had been stabbed.
Officers believe the two women knew each other and had gotten into an argument before Paden was cut, according to the release.
Multiple news outlets have reported the argument began over a man both women had dated.
Paden was injured near the road, authorities said, and ran into the backyard.
Deputies said Castner, 23, immediately fled.
Paden was a 2010 graduate of A.L. Brown High School. She had attended Rowan-Cabarrus Community College — first in nursing, then accounting courses — but was not enrolled there this semester, a school spokeswoman said.
The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 704-920-3000.

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