By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

Jury Finds Melissa Amber Dalton Guilty - Brevard NC


Last updated 4/14/2014 at 1:58pm

Amber Dalton

Melissa Amber Dalton was sentenced to life in prison for murder, plus 26 years for assault with a deadly weapon, after a jury found the 32-year-old guilty Monday afternoon in Transylvania County Superior Court.

Dalton was found guilty of murdering Richard Holden, 57, and injuring Naomi Jean Barker, then 51, on Aug. 21, 2009, at their Unity Drive apartment in Brevard.

Dalton testified Thursday that she didn't remember the morning of Aug. 21, 2009, when the incident took place.

"Barker was like my grammy," said Dalton. "I don't remember hurting that woman. I don't remember what happened.


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