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Father Accused of Killing Daughter Indicted

Posted February 12, 2007

A Johnston County grand jury Monday indicted a Clayton man accused of killing his 4-year-old daughter last month.

John Patrick Violette, 37, faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the Jan. 12 death of his daughter, Katlin, inside their home at 2020 McKinnon Drive.

Violette's wife, Amber Violette, discovered the body when she returned home from work. The child's head had been severed from her body.

John Violette, who was arrested Jan. 13 in Washington D.C., is currently being held at Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh, where he has been undergoing mental evaluations.

Family members said he battled paranoid schizophrenia a decade before the slaying
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  • hollyberry Feb 13, 2007

    needmoredecaf-- Where was the "compassion and dignity" for that poor little 4-yr-old girl?

    I have to agree that, had that been my child, the police would not have got the chance to lock him up before I got to him. I would have gone totally crazy by now. Praying for peace and comfort for that mother and for the father to realize the extent of his sin and face up to the penalty.

  • Crone Feb 13, 2007

    For all of you so venom-filled so called Christians:

    God loves the sinner and takes "no pleasure in the death of the wicked," but longs "that the wicked turn from his way and live." (Ezekial 22:11)

  • Blackbeard Feb 13, 2007

    >>Surround him with the police photos of his dead and dismembered child. Uncivilized? Yes!
    But they have such sentences in the middle east.

    They have a lot of things in the middle east that would hardly be appropriate here.

    >>>I bet the paternal grandparents are feeling terrible guilt over this.

    If they weren't, they probably will after reading some of the public comments on this case.

    Please show some compassion and dignity on these forums.

  • Rocknhorse Feb 13, 2007

    This is such a sad and tragic story! My thoughts and prayers go to the family! I just cannot begin to imagine their pain, confusion and devastation.

  • jannisheart Feb 13, 2007

    Think of what the mother went through. Not only has she lost her only child. She's also lost her husband her family as she knew it gone within a few hours. I only hope that she will somehow come out of all of this mentally stable. I could honestly say that it would have sent me over the edge for sure. I do wonder if he had signs previous that could have been picked up on to prevent this. My prayers go out to everyone involved.

  • spiritwarriorwoman Feb 13, 2007

    Surround him with the police photos of his dead and dismembered child. Uncivilized? Yes! But they have such sentences in the middle east.
    Praying for the wee one and her loved ones.
    I bet the paternal grandparents are feeling terrible guilt over this.
    God bless.
    Rev. RB

  • juchushu Feb 13, 2007

    I think people use mental illness as an excuse to escape prison and the death penalty. I can't imagine what went through that little girls head when her father was doing this. I wish I could get ahold of people like that and do to them, what they do to others. Makes me sick. I have a two year old, and I'm telling you, if something like that ever happened to her, the police wouldn't have time to get to him before I would.

  • Mmaker52 Feb 13, 2007

    Dont "fry" the mother, she is victim too!

  • fullersix Feb 13, 2007

    I wonder, had you gone through this horrific experience, how you would feel when people condemn you for "knowing better". Surely they realize now, in a very painful way, what they "should have known" about the disease. By the way, are there any decisions you've made that you regret?

  • mikeNC Feb 12, 2007

    So many thoughts so little time. No question this man is evil, to say he is mental ill is an understatement. Anybody willing to murder had to be mentally ill. This man is not fit for an institution. I am all for putting him in a rock quarry with a sledge hammer and having him bust rocks until he takes his last breath.

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