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Police Look For Fayetteville Man Wanted On Murder Charges

Posted January 15, 2002

— A man who showed a pattern of domestic abuse is now wanted on murder charges in Fayetteville. Police said he stabbed his wife to death outside a restaurant. The suspect, who was arrested just last month for taking relatives hostage, as well as kidnapping his wife, was out on bond.

Neighbors say over the weekend, Shalamar Franceschi feared her estranged husband. A few days later, Shalamar was murdered at the Tallywood shopping center. Damian Franceschi is the suspect.

Franceschi had just been released on a $200,000 secured bond for kidnapping Shalamar from her mother's home last month and then holding her hostage at his apartment.

"She was only able to get away when he was at Fort Bragg in the process of being discharged from the Army," said Lt. Katherine Bryant of the Fayetteville Police Department.

Court records show that on three different occasions, Shalamar Francheschi began the process of taking out a restraining order against her husband. Each time, it was dropped or dismissed. The 26-year-old was also once charged with assault on a female, but in a letter to the courts, the victim chose not to proceed with the case.

"There is that domestic pattern of violence, then a honeymoon phase or maybe forgiving. [Then] in some cases being afraid to go forward with the restraining order," said Crystal Black, who heads a domestic violence program.

The Cumberland County Domestic Violence Task Force has set up a new board to deal with these type of murders. On Wednesday, a review board will meet to determine if there were any cracks in the system that could have contributed to Franceschi's murder.

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