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Suspect pleads not guilty in political strategist's stabbing death

Posted October 29, 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.
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— The man accused of fatally stabbing a Democratic political strategist last year pleaded not guilty to the crime Wednesday. 

Jonathan Wayne Broyhill, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the April 22, 2013, stabbing of Jamie Kirk Hahn, 29, in her north Raleigh home. She died of her wounds two days later. Broyhill also is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in the stabbing of Hahn's husband.

Broyhill worked for Hahn's political fundraising firm, Sky Blue Strategies, and managed campaign funds for former Congressman Brad Miller.

Miller said shortly after Hahn's death that questions had surfaced about nearly $60,000 in missing campaign funds and that Hahn had planned to confront Broyhill about the missing money.

Broyhill is expected to go to trial in February.

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  • Justin Case Oct 29, 2014
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    Sadly, you're correct. That has to be part of the reason for a guilty person to plead not guilty. Lawyers put people up to some weird stuff. smh

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 29, 2014

    Wow! If he didn't do it, I wonder who did?

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Oct 29, 2014
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    OMG, are you people seriously making this into a political issue? A lovely young woman was murdered, whatever you think of her political affiliation. What is wrong with you people?!

  • Kathy Sanders Oct 29, 2014
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    I hope he gets what he deserves. He certainly didn't deserve the trust and friendship he took advantage of. What a shame.

  • Doseofreality88 Oct 29, 2014

    Look at all the Republicans trying to spread their conservativeness by making this about political affiliation. What a joke.

  • Progressiveredneck Oct 29, 2014

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    Do you have any decorum?

  • stymieindurham Oct 29, 2014

    If defense lawyers think that a jury trial will result in a lesser sentence . . . . . .
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    Look, the lawyer doesn't care if it's a guilty plea or not for this guy. SOMEONE (probably us) is paying this lawyers bill!!! Drag it out - make more money.

  • Progressiveredneck Oct 29, 2014

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    What an inane and inappropriate comment - more so because it doesn't make sense. Nonetheless, It is absolutely disgusting for you to defile a human life, especially an engaged person in the community simply because she was a political strategist.

  • Justin Case Oct 29, 2014
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    Why do lying, thieving murderers always please not guilty? If defense lawyers think that a jury trial will result in a lesser sentence, we need to get judges to better instruct juries on their responsibilities, especially during the sentencing phase. smh

  • flyfish42 Oct 29, 2014

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    Well, as the saying goes, "trying to argue with a person who has renounced reason is like administering medicine to the dead". What in the world are you talking about?

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