Stabbing victim questioned suspect's handling of campaign funds
Posted April 24, 2013
Updated April 25, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh man accused of fatally stabbing a political fundraiser was under suspicion for questionable activities involving the political campaign of former Rep. Brad Miller, Miller told WRAL News Wednesday.
Jonathan Wayne Broyhill, 31, is facing a murder charge in the death of Jamie Kirk Hahn, 29, who died Wednesday after he allegedly attacked her and her husband at their home Monday.
Hahn was the founder of Raleigh-based Sky Blue Strategies, a firm focused on political fundraising. Its clients include Miller, a Democrat, who hired the firm in 2010 for his congressional campaign.
Broyhill worked for Sky Blue Strategies, where he managed the finances for Miller’s campaign and prepared finance reports for the Federal Elections Commission, Miller said.
Last fall, the FEC flagged refund checks to five donors who reportedly were sent amounts in excess of what they contributed.
WRAL News called those donors Wednesday. The four who responded said that they never received the checks from the Miller campaign.
Broyhill would have been responsible for issuing those checks – $11,900 in April 2012 alone.
Miller said Wednesday that he doesn't know where the donations went and that he wasn't aware of the FEC inquiry letter. It was sent to the campaign, he said, and Broyhill would have received it.
The campaign has yet to respond to the FEC, and its treasurer, John Wallace, did not respond to a request for comment.
Miller said some on his campaign started questioning Broyhill's activities last year and that Hahn only recently confirmed there were irregularities.
Miller said Hahn was planning to ask Broyhill to give back the campaign checkbook and bank records, but he doesn't know if that conversation took place before Monday's attack.
Raleigh police haven't commented on a motive for Hahn's stabbing, as well as that of Nation Hahn, her husband. They have said, however, that it was not "domestic-related."
People close to the case said that Broyhill and the Hahns – close friends – were getting ready for dinner Monday and that Broyhill attacked Jamie Hahn when her husband left the room. He heard screaming and returned to see Broyhill on top of his wife, stabbing her.
Nation Hahn was treated and released from WakeMed after the stabbing.
Broyhill is recovering from a self-inflicted wound at WakeMed, police said. He was listed in good condition Thursday morning.