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No mental defense expected in Raleigh political strategist murder trial

Posted August 14

Jonathan Broyhill appears in Wake County District Court for his first court appearance on April 30, 2013. Broyhill is charged with first-degree murder in the April 24, 2013, death of Jamie Kirk Hahn.

— The man accused of fatally stabbing a Democratic political strategist last year probably won't use his mental state as a defense when he goes to trial later this year, his attorney said Thursday.

Jonathan Wayne Broyhill, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the April 22, 2013, stabbing of Jamie Kirk Hahn, 29, in her north Raleigh home. She died of her wounds two days later. Broyhill also is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in the stabbing of Hahn's husband.

Broyhill underwent a mental evaluation a few months ago, and public defender Joe Arbour said Thursday that he doesn't expect to raise any defense of diminished mental capacity at trial.

The trial has been set for Dec. 1.

Broyhill worked for Hahn's political fundraising firm, Sky Blue Strategies, and managed campaign funds for former Congressman Brad Miller.

Miller said shortly after Hahn's death that questions had surfaced about nearly $60,000 in missing campaign funds and that Hahn had planned to confront Broyhill about the missing money.

Broyhill has been moved from Central Prison and is being held in Craven Correctional Institution, authorities said.

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  • Naysayer Aug 14, 12:27 p.m.

    Well he certainly looks like a mental patient.