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Autopsy: Sunday school teacher was stabbed

Posted April 8, 2009

— A Durham Sunday school teacher found dead in his home in December had been stabbed repeatedly, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

Trevor Spain, 41, was found face-down in a pool of blood in the basement of his family home, at 1301 Shepherd St, on Dec. 26, police said. Family members said there was no sign of forced entry, but several items were taken, including two TVs, cash and a DVD player.

The autopsy report said he had been stabbed twice in the chest, twice in the neck, in the left cheek and in the right forearm. He also had several blunt-force injuries, according to the report.

Jameel Rasaun Thornton, 28, of Liberty Street, has been charged with murder in the case. Police said he and Thornton were acquaintances, but they haven't released details of a possible motive for the stabbing.


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  • deannaandgrace Apr 8, 2009

    thendricks... you got that right!
    God bless this family! what a horrible tragedy

  • mwilliams2 Apr 8, 2009

    "Now we will have to hear from the anti knife crowd."

    No, because that would be like addressing the slowly dripping faucet while you have another turned all the way on in the other room.

  • Sidekick Apr 8, 2009

    What does it matter that he was a sunday school teacher? Is there now going to be a new level of hate crimes against religious followers?

  • Weaker Pelosi Apr 8, 2009

    Very brutal killing, very sad. Now we will have to hear from the anti knife crowd.