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Durham man charged with killing mother

Posted April 18, 2011

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— A Durham man was charged with murder Sunday after his mother was found stabbed to death at the home they shared, police said Monday.

Officers responded to a 911 call at 710 Rippling Stream Road shortly before 4 p.m. and found Lenora Smith, 54, dead at the scene.

She had been stabbed several times, police said.

Smith's son, 29-year-old Johnathan Dewayne Wise, of the same address, was charged with murder. He was being held in the Durham County jail without bond.

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  • dontgetmestarted Apr 21, 2011

    Getting 'Help'? Most people wouldn't know how to begin navigating the system in order to GET the help. They have to have a vehicle to get to follow up appt's or no meds.They have to be not working so they can come to appointments any time. The pharmacy will probably charge a 3 dollar co-pay; Fix the system, THEN maybe we can fix people.
    twnluv

    Honestly, don't even go there. MOST people know how to navigate the system well enought to abuse it and get what they want and never had a liscense much less a vehicle but seem to go wherever they want. The usually DON'T have a job therefore gettin time off for an appt wouldn't be a problem. I work full time and manage to get time off for a Dr.'s appt for me AND my kids. And as far as the $3 co-pay(medicaid) I'm sure they can borrow it much like they do the $$ for anything else they want. I say fix these people's mindsets and make them have PRIORITIES instead of EXCUSES and THEN, maybe, the SYSTEM will work better for those who need it.

  • BenThereDonThat Apr 20, 2011

    It's a really sad situation. I grew up with John. His family is definitely in my prayers.

  • Chole Apr 20, 2011

    Crazy!

  • somey Apr 19, 2011

    I am not up on my prison etiquette. But I have to think when guys ask you what you are in for, and you say killing my mother. Even convicts will look down on this guy.

  • twnluv Apr 19, 2011

    Getting 'Help'? HA! Most people wouldn't know how to begin navigating the system in order to GET the help. Then, they have to have a vehicle to get to follow up appt's or no meds. They have to have the gas to put in the vehicle. They have to be not working so they can come to appointments any time. The pharmacy will probably charge a 3 dollar co-pay; I know that doesn't sound like a lot but when you've got NOTHING it is.
    Let me tell you, it is NOT easy to get help as an adult. Fix the system, THEN maybe we can fix people.

  • FromClayton Apr 19, 2011

    wow. just wow. She changed your diapers dude! She brought you into this world. She loved you first! Of all the people, your own mama!

  • dontgetmestarted Apr 19, 2011

    DIDISAYTHAT- Thank you. I agree completely. People have to be held accountable for their own actions in some way or other how ever is appropriate. If they don't follow up with appointments, continue counselling, take their meds...etc...the choice is theirs and they must be held accountable.

  • didisaythat Apr 19, 2011

    Frank, what is "real" help. If a person has a mental disorder and is prescribed medication to keep the disorder in check and when on the medication he/she has not signs of being a danger to self or others they cannot keep a person in a facility. But when they get out of the facility it is up to them and others to keep the person on the medication. When they stop the meds the disorder's symptoms come back. So how do you give real help.

  • BullsEye Apr 19, 2011

    I've known John Wise for a long time, this is just sad.

  • frankbad15 Apr 19, 2011

    He needed help, and probably didnt get the real help that he needed.

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