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Father Accused in Daughter's Slaying Awaits Extradition

Posted January 13, 2007
Updated January 14, 2007

— Authorities in Washington, D.C., are holding a Clayton man for extradition to North Carolina to face charges that he killed his 4-year-old daughter in their home and then fled.

U.S. Marshals, working with information developed in the Triangle, arrested John Patrick Violette, 37, at a Capitol Hill motel in the dark hours of Saturday morning. He is charged with murder in the slaying of Katlin Violette.

"I just got home from work, and I walk in the door and my daughter is in the middle of the hallway," Katlin's mother, Amber Violette, told a 911 dispatcher.

Clayton police found the child had been decapitated when they got to 2020 McKinnon Drive late Friday afternoon.

During the seven-minute 911 phone call, Amber Violette tells the dispatcher her husband had been watching their daughter and that she saw them both at lunchtime. When she returned home, there was no sign of her husband, she said.

A little after 1 a.m. Saturday, Raleigh-Durham International Airport police found a station wagon belonging to Violette in a parking lot. Then investigators tracked Violette Washington.

The marshals took him into custody without incident at a hotel near Capitol Hill at 4:35 a.m. Clayton police Sgt. S. P. Lapsley said.

"We're all very relieved," he said. "This is devastating for the community as a whole, and it's the most horrific thing I've seen in 13 years of police work."

John Violette will remain in custody in Washington pending an extradition hearing. Lapsley said police don't expect to make any more arrests.

Authorities in Clayton said they have not been able to figure out any motive in the killing. John Violette does not have a criminal record, they said.

"When senseless violence occurs, it's tragic enough. But when it includes a child, it's even more tragic for the community," Clayton police Chief Glen Allen said.

John Violette worked at the Lowe's Home Improvement Store in Clayton until Thursday, when he terminated his employment, a store employee told WRAL. Neighbors said he lived at the residence with his wife and daughter.

The crime leaves Clayton trying to cope.
Counselors will be available next week for the first responders who were at the home Friday night, police officials said.

Neighbor Diana Narron said she's worried about what to tell her own 4-year-old daughter.

"I don't know how I will explain that to her," Narron said. "She knows something happened to that little girl."

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  • parides Jan 30, 2007

    My heart goes out to the to the mother that carried this child for 9 months and gave birth and to the family. May God be with each of you each day and help you cope with the hurt. As far as the father...I want to ask why???? Just why??? Look at your beautiful child, how could you take the life of such a special child. You must be sick...and May God forgive me...but in time to come, your time will is just around the corner because no matter how sick you are, and you must be.... I have always heard that people like you will be taken care of in prison. I just hope that the general public will find out to know that because there for a split moment this beautiful child that trusted in her dad, hurt for a moment before she died!

  • janicemorton Jan 15, 2007

    I just wanted to say I use to work with Amber about 4 years ago around the time her daughter was born. I only met her husband once but I know Amber and her husband was so very proud of their 1st child. When I worked with her, she constantly talked of John and their new addition (Katlin).
    This is a tragic and I just want Amber to know my heart and prayers go out to her because I know her family was her world.

  • Apple Jan 15, 2007

    My heart goes out to the mother and relatives; I can't imagine going through something like this. I hope they sentence him to death!

  • bgcoving Jan 15, 2007

    I live in Clayton, but I also lived in W-S when Michael Charles Hayes went on his shooting rampage. At the time, the general consensus of teh community was like it is here...the guy is a monster, he must be crazy, string him up. In W-S, the jury agreed...yep--he's crazy. People were shocked that a jury would actually agree with them, but not sentence Hayes to death. Whatever your opinion on the death penalty may be, it's nevertheless wrong to execute someone suffering from acute mental illness. It doesn't serve the purposes of the state, it doesn't serve the purpose of justice, and it doesn't serve the purpose of God. I am afraid that the community of Clayton should prepare for the fact that John Violette may be judged too mentally incompetent to ever stand trial. The nature of his crime suggests the worst kind of psychosis and he simply may be too sick to ever see anything other than the inside of a mental hospital for the rest of his life. Be prepared...

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  • outraged3 Jan 15, 2007

    First off as to the question "Where was the Mother"? Working! Yes there are some of us women who do work for a living vs sit around pop out babies lt and rt and collect. As to abusinf her also, if that is the case she is just as bad as he is. She should of reported such and got out, she put herself and her child in harms way. I don't want to hear the word depression, mind over matter people, it's your child. What the hell is wrong with society? Do these people think it's ok to hurt our children? It's not, as if you didn't know this!! We as a community, no I think we ALL as tax paying, law abiding, US citizens need to pull together to put a stop to this, NOW!! I feel he needs to feel the hurt & pain his daughter did, vs harboring him in our jail cell, protecting him from the out side world, which we pay for.

  • git-er-done Jan 15, 2007

    Everyone is quick to make judgement. Do you know this mother...is she being truthful. Let the authorities do thier jobs to prove the quilty party. I sure don't care to see another case like the Duke Lacrosse team.
    If the father is quilty (or whomever), then let justice prevail.

  • Candy Girl Jan 15, 2007

    An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. In this case a head for a head. That's what should be done to that sicko! He should have to suffer and re-live his doing's for a long time to come. That poor child! She's in a much better place where she will always be safe.

  • dcnktn Jan 15, 2007

    Josh Scariot, hadn't heard from you lately. I hope you finally see this monster for what he is and not as someone that would give you the shirt off his back. Quoting the bible? Obviously he is already planning his plea. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, I am so sorry for your loss and hopefully noone close to the family saw someone taking up for this lunatic.

  • trojandnc Jan 15, 2007

    As a father of a 4-year old daughter myself, could officials just lock him in a room with me for about 30 minutes? What in the world has a 4-year old EVER done to warrant this? It just makes me sick to my stomach.