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Stabbing victim questioned suspect's handling of campaign funds

Posted April 24, 2013
Updated April 25, 2013

— 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. Jamie Hahn and Nation Hahn Hahn remembered for devotion to community

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.


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  • Gatsby Apr 25, 2013

    If there only would have been some way to get him away from the victim before he could cause all this carnage. There has got to be some way to protect yourself & your loved ones.

  • lrfarms27572 Apr 25, 2013

    I'm sure he isn't in a mental shape to spend the rest of his life in prison.


    I don't really care if he is or not!

  • Obamacare survives Apr 25, 2013

    Wow, this guy is full of surprises. Telling people he had cancer was apparently a lie to justify his dishonesty with the campaign funds.

  • marciamal1 Apr 25, 2013

    I agree, very sad - my thoughts and prayers go out to this family - THis young lady had so many more contributions to life and to think it was all taken away from a friend of theirs-she would have been a great asset to society. I hope he realizes in his heart that he has made such a big mistake and finds out how painful the scars will be when he has to live with this the rest of his life. May he receive the punishment he so deserves.

  • tdouble232323 Apr 25, 2013

    Nice of Rep Miller to quickly deny any wrongdoing and pin the blame on a man accused of murder. I guess a word or two about the victim would have been too much.

  • Ven Apr 25, 2013

    this wasn't politics - this was a sincerely flawed individual (broyhil) who seemly tried to cover one mistake after another, and then snapped when he ran out of room. very sad for all involved - with him trying to kill himself, I'm sure he isn't in a mental shape to spend the rest of his life in prison.

  • racheliza Apr 25, 2013

    So now the N&O is reporting that Broyhill was making false cancer claims too. I don't even know these people and this story makes me so sad.

  • proudmuslimexchristian Apr 25, 2013

    Such a sad story. My heart breaks for the families involved.

  • Hans Apr 25, 2013

    "You're back? DANG! Nope, not convicted yet. Close enough though. If you witnessed someone kill another would you wait until a judge and jury signed off before believing they did it?" - Nauti-dog
    April 25, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    Nope. But since I didn't witness it, I'll wait for the sign off.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Apr 25, 2013

    "This story enrages me like nothing other. A life wasted, gone forever, all over the mistakes of some coward" - dbop90 April 25, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    Has he been convicted yet?

    You're back? DANG! Nope, not convicted yet. Close enough though. If you witnessed someone kill another would you wait until a judge and jury signed off before believing they did it?