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Father Accused in Daughter's Death Held at Central Prison

Posted July 24, 2007

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— A Clayton man charged with killing his 4-year-old daughter has been moved to Central Prison for his own protection while awaiting trial, authorities said.

John Patrick Violette is charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 12 death of Katlin Violette. Her mother found the girl's decapitated body in the family home when she returned from work.

John Violette was arrested the following day at a Washington, D.C., hotel. U.S. marshals said Violette was quoting the Bible and screaming uncontrollably when they arrested him.

After undergoing a mental examination at Dorothea Dix Hospital, he was to have returned to the Johnston County Jail. But the Johnston County Sheriff's Officer arranged for him to be held at Central Prison in Raleigh for his own safe-keeping before his trial, authorities said.