Jonathan Broyhill, the 31-year-old Raleigh, North Carolina man accused of stabbing 29-year-old Jamie Kirk Hahn to death in an attack that took place April 22 was formally charged with murder on Tuesday. According to the Raleigh News-Observer, Broyhill, who was wheeled into court in wheelchair and with bandaged wrists, was also charged with the assault and attempted murder of Nation Hahn, husband of Jamie Kirk Hahn and Broyhill’s longtime friend.
Broyhill attacked the couple with a knife in their home last Monday, injuring both of them. Jamie Kirk Hahn fled the home and collapsed on a neighbor’s lawn, blood coursing from wounds to her abdomen as witnesses frantically tried to call police and paramedics to the scene. Nation Hahn was treated for his injuries at WakeMed Hospital and released, whereupon he went straight to his wife’s bedside. She died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Police would not ascribe a motive to Broyhill in the attack, but former U.S. Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) suggested that it could be connected to Broyhill’s handling of contributions to Miller’s Congressional campaign.
Miller ordered PNC bank to freeze the campaign’s accounts last week after Miller discovered that Broyhill, a campaign staffer, had written suspicious checks to himself and drained the campaign’s coffers.
Jamie Kirk Hahn went to work for Miller in 2010. She urged Miller to take on Broyhill, her husband’s best friend and best man at the Hahns’ wedding, because of Broyhill’s accounting expertise. It was Kirk Hahn who Miller tasked with investigating the missing funds.
Since last week, Broyhill has been recovering at WakeMed Hospital from self-inflicted injuries sustained after the attack on the Hahns. Tuesday morning, Wake County District Court Judge Keith Gregory informed Broyhill that if convicted of Jamie Kirk Hahn’s murder, he could face the death penalty or the possibility of life in prison without parole. If convicted of the attempted murder of Nation Hahn, Broyhill could still be sentenced to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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