Gastonia man arrested after dismembered roommate found

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Brian Hord (WSOC photo)

GASTONIA, N.C. — Gastonia police arrested a man they say killed his wheelchair-bound roommate and dismembered his body inside their apartment.

According to WBTV, officers were called out to the apartment around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, when a woman told them of a possible crime at an apartment.

According to investigators, they knocked on the door of the end unit and 33-year-old Brian Scott Hord answered the door.

After Hord let officers inside the home, they found the body of 68-year-old Richard Lee Gentry in a back room.

Police said Gentry’s body was dismembered and found wrapped in plastic sheeting.

He had been hit with a blunt object perhaps several times, Duncan told WBTV, and then dismembered the body with a hacksaw in an attempt to hide the murder.

Gentry was wheelchair-bound and had only one leg, police told WBTV.

Gastonia police said Hord called his ex-girlfriend hours after the murder occurred, and told her what happened. She was the one who apparently called officials.

“He’s actually mentioned it before about doing it,” she told the 911 dispatcher, “and he said he’s has just not gotten up the courage to do it.”

Hord was taken into police custody and charged with first degree murder around 1:25 a.m. Wednesday morning. He was also charged with theft of a financial card.

Hord made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in a Gaston County Court.

The judge ordered Hord held further without bond.

Read more: WBTV