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Caretaker fatally stabbed inside Oxford home; man arrested

Posted October 5, 2013
Updated October 7, 2013

— A 42-year-old Oxford man was charged Saturday in the stabbing death of a woman who was found inside his grandmother's home in the 200 block of King Street, police said. 

Davey Allen faces one count of first-degree murder in the death of Susie Ann Hester. 

Woman found stabbed to death Woman stabbed to death in Granville County home

Authorities discovered Hester's body at about 3 a.m. Saturday while conducting a wellness check at the home, requested by Allen. Oxford police said Hester, 60, was a live-in caretaker for Hattie Mitchell, 91. 

"She was a loving person who would give her last to help anyone," said Robbin Hobbs, Hester's sister. "She is one of 11. I just miss her." 

Mitchell, who was also in the home at the time of the stabbing, was not injured. Police believe Mitchell may have dementia. 

Allen, of 921 Goshen St., was in the Granville County jail Saturday afternoon under no bond.

"We've had certainly homicides in the past where the suspect actually came and turned themselves in. It's not uncommon," said Oxford Police Detective, Patricia Ford.

In 1993, Allen was convicted of manslaughter and served six years in prison. He has also been convicted of several counts of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon. 

This is the city's first homicide in two years. 

Family members said a funeral for Hester will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cornerstone Christian Community Church, 3237 Knotts Grove Road, in Oxford.

A fund has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses. Contributions may be made to the Susie A. Hester Burial Fund at Union Bank Trust in Oxford.


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  • 678devilish Oct 7, 2013

    What a tragedy. I hope the courts give him life and no parole. My condolences to the family and many friends in their loss. Keep her memories for they are precious. Continue to hold on to God's unchanging hands and He will see all of you through this difficult time.

  • Wake1 Oct 7, 2013

    Maybe this time they can put him away for good instead of a few years!!!!

  • shortcake53 Oct 7, 2013

    WHY did he do it???? WHY???

  • Ol Forrester Oct 7, 2013

    Why was this guy loose? Why did a nice lady have to die?