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Fayetteville woman stabbed to death; husband injured

Posted September 30, 2008
Updated October 1, 2008

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— Fayetteville police say someone stabbed a woman to death while she was walking with her husband near their house on Baxter Street Tuesday night.

The woman was stabbed in the neck, and the husband had minor injuries, police said. The husband was treated at the hospital for minor injuries. Police would not discuss the nature of his wounds.

Police have not named any suspects.

“The husband stated that he somehow turned back around and his wife was being attacked,” Fayetteville Police Department spokeswoman Theresa Chance said.

The husband told detectives he ran toward the person stabbing his wife and the person ran away. The husband said he then ran to a neighbor's house for help.

Authorities did not release the couple's names. However, the wife was and the husband is in the military. The husband is a Special Operations soldier, police said.

A spokesman for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg could not be reached for comment.

Detectives described the victim as a white woman in her 20s. She died on the way to a local hospital, detectives said.

“It looks like what killed her was a cut to her neck,” Chance said.

The Army plans to release the woman's name on Thursday. It’s protocol for the Army to wait 24 hours after notifying the family.

The Army’s Criminal Investigations Division is assisting in the investigation, Chance said.

The stabbing happened near the intersection of Southview Circle around 9 p.m. 

A neighbor, Anne Knight, said the couple moved into the neighborhood about two months ago. She said the area is typically very safe.

“We do have a few neighbors that came forth and said they heard someone screaming, ‘Help me! Help me!’ But we have no screams from a female or anything like that,” Chance said.

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  • Tripwire Oct 2, 2008

    Interesting, but there is a whole lot of info that we don't have privy to right now. Like the crime scene photos and drawings, wound patterns, any forensic evidence that may have been found, autopsy report, witness and family interviews, the police are not going to share this information with the public while in an active investigation.

  • Adelinthe Oct 1, 2008

    DownbythePond - "SHOULD HAVE WENT OVER TO HIS WIFE...THAT IS WHAT INNOCENT PEOPLE DO - ESPECIALLY WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY WATCHED HER BEING ATTACKED?"

    So you know beyond the shadow of any doubt exactly how someone would act in the fact of terror and tragedy?

    I don't believe you can speak for everyone.

    I believe we should be praying for comfort for the loved ones of this young woman.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Oct 1, 2008

    Ok, why are some of you speculating and blaming the husband again without clear evidence to do so.

    Can't you all just once picture your own family in this position?

    Can't you show some compassion until evidence supports punishment in one direction or another?

    What kind of people are you? You're behaving worse than the beasts of the field.

    Praying for her loved ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Oct 1, 2008

    beachgal - "I hate to point the finger, but why in the world would someone out of nowhere attack her?"

    We live in a place and time where some thugs need no good reason to do harm to another; they're like savage predators with no other motive than to kill, steal and destroy.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • slm101499 Oct 1, 2008

    I live near this and I see people walk here alone everyday. It seems that there could be too many potential witnesses to his crime for the husband to choose to do this and the area she was killed in is such a wide open and well lit area viewable from several houses. Of course, he could just be real lucky and did this but with his background it seems he wouuld have chosen something else without as much speculation. Also, it could be a random senseless crime as we have seen in this city before. I feel very sorry for her family. I hope they get closure soon. Regardless of what happened, she is gone.

  • beachgal Oct 1, 2008

    I hate to point the finger, but why in the world would someone out of nowhere attack her?

  • down by the pond Oct 1, 2008

    The husband stated that he somehow turned back around and his wife was being attacked,” Fayetteville Police Department spokeswoman Theresa Chance said.
    HUH, DO WHAT?

    The husband told detectives he ran toward the person stabbing his wife and the person ran away.
    HUH DO WHAT ? _ SO HOW DID HE GET INJURED???

    The husband said he then ran to a neighbor's house for help.
    HUH HUH - THIS IS WHERE HE MESSED UP - HE BROKE THE HUMAN INSTINCT - HE SHOULD HAVE WENT OVER TO HIS WIFE...THAT IS WHAT INNOCENT PEOPLE DO - ESPECIALLY WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY WATCHED HER BEING ATTACKED?

    hopefully FPD has done a canvas of the area NEED TO LOOK CLOSE FOR THIS KNIFE -thrown in the bushes , trash can, manhole, buried in ground, wonder if today was trash pick up day that part of fayetteville...????

  • tarheel22 Oct 1, 2008

    HUSBAND DID IT!! If my wife got attacked you can bet either me or the attacker would be severely injured. He barely was injured.

  • Blue Shirt Oct 1, 2008

    Another methodical search for the truth and i will bet Fayetteville PD will solve this quickly.

  • sportie Oct 1, 2008

    i just googled the charles stewart case that was referenced earlier. Mr. Stewart and his wife were driving and were robbed by a black man. CBS news just so happened to be riding with EMT that evening. The accused was picked out of a lineup and arrested for the crie. Mr. Stewart's brother is the one that actually informed authorities of his brother's intentions. Mr. Stewart then committed suicide.

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