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Raleigh Man Accused Of Murdering Wife Moved To Central Prison

Posted May 17, 2005

— A man accused of running down his wife, then killing her with his bare hands in broad daylight is now accused of trying to attack a corrections officer.

Wake County Jail officials asked a judge Tuesday morning to sign an emergency order to move Michael Massenburg to Central Prison. Officials said he is too dangerous to be kept in the county jail.

"The sheriff, for good reason, wanted him out of the jail and put into a secure place," said Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby.

The order stated that Massenburg was aggressive toward officers and even tried to grab one of their guns. It also stated he might be suicidal.

Investigators believe Massenburg chased his wife's car until it crashed in a North Raleigh subdivision Monday.

Then he killed her with his bare hands, they said.

The victim, Dujuana Stallings Massenburg, had two protective orders against her husband -- one signed in May 2001, the other March 21, 2005. In them, she accused him of threatening her repeatedly. She also said he choked and slapped her, tore her eardrum and cut her face.

"Unfortunately, in this incident, it did not work," domestic violence counselor Andrea Maness said of the orders. "But in most cases, they do work and are very important for the victims to get them."

Pastor Enoch Holloway married the Massenburgs, and believes one reason the protective order did not work was because the couple still saw each other. He said they attended a church trip together Saturday.

"Definitely, they were trying to work on the relationship," Holloway said. "And they were optimistic that they would be able to come back together."

Holloway said he knew Massenburg as a polite, soft-spoken man.

"I never saw any streak in him," Holloway said. "Nothing that would suggest what has happened would happen."

Holloway described Dujuanita Massenburg as kind, gentle and a wonderful mother to her three children, ages 4, 6 and 8.

He said she was desperately trying to keep her family together.

Massenburg is being held at Central Prison without bond.

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  • terriersrfun Mar 14, 2007

    The victim "had two protective orders against her husband -- one signed in May 2001, the other March 21, 2005. In them, she accused him of threatening her repeatedly. She also said he choked and slapped her, tore her eardrum and cut her face." Looks and smells like premeditation!