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Marijuana Found at Slain Woman's Home; 911 Call Under Review

Posted November 28, 2007

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— Orange County authorities confiscated marijuana in several locations at the home of a woman who was shot to death Monday during a break-in.

In addition, authorities said Wednesday they were reviewing how the woman's 911 call was handled.

A deputy was called out to Eva Marie Johnson Jacobs' house at 7121 Compton Road in Cedar Grove Monday morning to respond to a break-in in progress.

“She just said she was being robbed,” Orange County Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass said.

But in the 911 call, Jacobs, who was breathing heavily, could be heard saying, "They shot both my legs."

When the deputy arrived, he found Jacobs lying on the front porch. The deputy called for an ambulance, and she was taken to UNC Hospitals, where she later died.

A brief search of the residence turned up evidence of marijuana, according to a search warrant. During a more thorough search, authorities found marijuana and a black pot containing a marijuana plant in an upstairs bedroom, and they confiscated marijuana from a couch and the floor of an upstairs room and from a shower stall in the garage.

Donald Jacobs, who had been separated from his wife, gave authorities permission to search the home.

Investigators also found Eva Jacobs' checkbook, which listed deposits ranging from $600 to $1,000 every other day. Each of the deposits had the word "crop" written beside it on the memo line, according to the search warrant.

Investigators said they were looking for three men who were last seen in a white, full-size, extended cab truck, possibly a Ford. Authorities didn't have a description of them.

Few details about the case have been released, but investigators said they believe robbery was the motive.

Donald Jacobs said the men were asking for his son, who was questioned by investigators Monday afternoon. He isn't considered a suspect in the case, they said.

Meanwhile, Orange County officials said they were looking into Jacobs' call for help.

At the very beginning of the call, Jacobs told the dispatcher she'd been shot. Instead of immediately dispatching an ambulance, the  dispatcher alerted deputies.

The first officer arrived two minutes later and called for paramedics after finding that Jacobs had been shot.

"I think he missed that part (about the shooting). He focused on the robbery and wanted to get someone out there as quickly as possible," said Gwen Snowden, deputy director of Orange County Communications. "We are going to do a thorough review and go from there."

The "oversight" by the dispatcher delayed the ambulance by two to four minutes and likely didn't make a difference in the response situation, Snowden said.

The review, which she called standard procedure for major calls, should be completed later this week, she said.