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Roanoke Rapids man stabbed to death

Posted December 1, 2010
Updated December 2, 2010

— A 31-year-old man was stabbed to death by an acquaintance early Wednesday during a social gathering at a Roanoke Rapids home, according to the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

Jeremy "Jay" Hecht, of Roanoke Rapids, was slain in a home on Old Halifax Road around 2:45 a.m., said Maj. Bruce Temple. Hecht was pronounced dead at Halifax Regional Hospital.

John Butler, 46, of Roanoke Rapids, was charged with murder. He was initially denied bond, but after a court appearance Wednesday morning, he was granted a $100,000 bond.

Investigators said that Hecht and Butler got into an argument, which escalated into a physical altercation. Hecht was stabbed three times, including once in the heart.

It does not appear that Hecht had a weapon at any point during the fight, investigators said.

Investigators said that the home on Old Halifax Road was sometimes used as a hunting club and that alcohol was present at the social gathering. They could not specify if the victim or suspect had been drinking.


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  • pinehorse Dec 1, 2010

    I'd have to say you're wrong on that one, sassiek2004. Head over to the east side of Rocky Mount at 2 a.m. with a briefacse in one hand and start walking the streets. You'll be praying for daylight in a matter of minutes.

  • sassiek2004 Dec 1, 2010

    Point of fact is if it happened at 2:45pm or 2:45am makes no difference. Unless you know the facts or where actually there time makes no difference at ALL!!!

  • rdmcswai Dec 1, 2010

    Wayneboyd - You are right! My daddy always said to me, 'Baby, be home by 11 tonight, there ain't nothing good for you out there after then!'

  • esprg Dec 1, 2010

    lol @ Wayneboyd well said!

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Dec 1, 2010

    always heard...nothing good ever happens after midnight.

  • wayneboyd Dec 1, 2010

    Ever notice 99% of all murders are comitted after midnight.
    My parents raised 6 boys, not one was ever out after 11:00 pm
    Not a single one has ever spent a night in jail, and not a single one has any court record. My guess is if fools (OOPS IM MEANT FOLKS) would ever realize that if you go to bed instead of to parties you have a lot better chance of living longer.