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Autopsy Report Released In Raleigh Woman's Stabbing Death

Posted December 24, 2005
Updated July 6, 2007

— An autopsy report recently released reveals new details about the death of a 22-year-old Raleigh woman found stabbed outside her apartment last month.

According to the report, Lauren Redman was stabbed at least 28 times in the neck, head and torso, and was also partially suffocated. Police also believe Redman was raped before she was stabbed; further tests will confirm that.

Authorities said Redman was assaulted in her apartment and apparently crawled out of her front door and into a breezeway, where a neighbor discovered her in the early-morning hours of Nov. 8. She was alive when she was discovered, but died at the scene a short time later, police said.

Three suspects were arrested in connection with the stabbing death. Byron Waring, 19, and Joseph Sanderlin, 24, were charged with first-degree murder. George Sasser, 25, was charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact. Investigators said Sasser, who was acquainted with Redman, advised Waring and Sanderlin to leave town.

According to police, Sasser had lived at Redman's apartment on North Walnut Creek Parkway, but the arrangement ended prior to the night that Redman died.

Police said witnesses told them that Sasser was angry with Redman for kicking him out of the apartment and that she owed him money. Investigators said Waring told police that he worked for Sasser and had gone to Redman's apartment to collect that debt.

According to an arrest warrant, Waring told detectives that Sanderlin raped Redman, then they both stabbed her to death. Authorities, however, have not yet charged Sanderlin with rape.

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