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Raleigh man charged in deaths of wife, daughter gets public defender

Posted April 14

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A Raleigh man accused in the deaths of his wife and 2-year-old daughter did not say much as he made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Elhadji Diop, 53, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Aminata Drame, 40, and Fatim Diop.

The two were found inside their home in the 5900 block of Farm Gate Road on April 5, after officers were dispatched to the house to conduct a welfare check.

Upon arrival, police also found that Elhadji Diop had self-inflicted lacerations and had ingested toxic substances. He was taken to WakeMed and formally charged upon release from the hospital on Wednesday.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said she will pursue this case vigorously.

"It's a serious case," she said. "Anytime there is a child involved it is a huge loss to our community. We are going to be taking this case very seriously."

Diop was granted a capital defender, and is being held in the Wake County Detention Center under no bond.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 8.


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