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ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP/CBS Charlotte) — Two men have been charged with stabbing a Rock Hill man to death during a suspected drug deal.

Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, and although the city averages less than ten murders per year, it’s no surprise to local residents that the latest murder was drug-related. Officers say Donald Kobbe and Christopher Morris were buying drugs from 28-year-old Talbert Pickett at around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Authorities say the men robbed Pickett, then stabbed him and fled.

Pickett later died at a local hospital. Kobbe and Morris have been charged with murder and armed robbery.

One Rock Hill resident who asked not to be identified believes that based on demographics, the city has a major drug problem. “Lower income areas in Rock Hill and York County have the more visible problems. There’s more of a meth dependency amongst the white population in the rural areas, while the older parts of Rock Hill (which tend to be predominately black,) have an issue with drug dealers and turf battles over drugs.”

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