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Witnesses Describe Woman's Stabbing Death

Posted June 25, 2007
Updated July 6, 2007

— Testimony began Monday in the trial of a Raleigh man accused of stabbing a woman to death nearly two years ago.

Byron Waring confessed to the slaying of 22-year-old Lauren Redman shortly after his arrest in 2005, according to warrants. A neighbor found Redman outside of her apartment near North Carolina State University on Nov. 8, 2005.

"She said she'd just been attacked. She said she'd been raped," neighbor Andrew Pipkin said. "She really had difficulty communicating. She couldn't really tell me much at all."

Redman, who had been an N.C. State student and was a graduate of East Wake High School, had been raped and stabbed more than 20 times, police said.

Members of her family were visibly upset in the courtroom Monday as they listened to details of her death.

Waring and another suspect, Joseph Sanderlin, went to Redman's apartment to collect money she allegedly owed to George Sasser, her former roommate, according to warrants. In a taped confession to police, Waring said Sanderlin raped Redman, and they both stabbed her.

Sanderlin also is charged with murder in the case, while Sasser is charged as an accessory after the fact.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case, characterizing Redman's slaying as a brutal crime.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys said they hope to spare Waring's life by convincing jurors his troubled childhood that led up to the crime.

Opening statements were delayed Monday because an alternate juror had to be taken off of the case due to a scheduling conflict.


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  • wolverine37 Jun 27, 2007

    Ironman& LegalBeagle I agree with you. Trouble childhood thats a lame excuse & copout, he is adult & carried out a crime. He knew what he was doing. He should get the death Penalty just like his partner.

  • moose13 Jun 27, 2007


  • mindyourown Jun 26, 2007

    Troubled childhood led to the crime? Please, give me a break! Iron man said it and hit the nail on the head. Spare his life?? Give me another break, he didn't spare someone else's, he deserves the death penalty, after all..he did confess.

  • Kane Jun 26, 2007

    Amen Iron Man.

  • Iron Man Jun 26, 2007

    There are millions of people in this country that had tragic childhood experiences and living conditions, but don't go around raping and then slashing them to death.

  • ncvaluer Jun 26, 2007

    We've all had trouble at one time or another. Put an extra electrode (you know where) and fry this putz with farber beans and serve a nice bottle of Chianti.

  • Iworkforaliving Jun 26, 2007

    he already confessed, what's the hold up? Fry this pos

  • jcrew1979 Jun 26, 2007

    Troubled childhood, blah, blah, blah! Fry them!

  • teach Jun 25, 2007

    "Troubled childhood" is such a euphemism. The "childhood" part is practically nonexistent. You can't expect a screaming maniac who stays 4 all his life to act like anything but a four year old with an adult's violence in him. Would he change? Could he change? Does it matter? NO...Too late for him because too late for her.

  • dont-be-a-hater Jun 25, 2007

    Troubled childhood.....wonder why we all haven't killed anyone...What a cop out! How about just plain sick! How about just no feelings at all for the life of another!