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Suspect in slaying of Raleigh political strategist undergoing mental evaluation

Posted April 17, 2014
Updated April 18, 2014

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 mental health of a suspect accused of killing a popular Democratic strategist is under evaluation, his attorney said in court Thursday.

John Broyhill is charged with stabbing his friend and colleague, 29-year-old Jamie Kirk Hahn, to death in April 2013.

Joe Arbour, a public defender who is representing Broyhill, says he believes Broyhill will be competent to stand trial, but he may present a defense that Broyhill had a diminished mental capacity at the time of the crime.

The trial has been set for Oct. 27.


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