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Warrant: Raleigh man admitted involvement in political strategist's stabbing death

Posted May 20, 2013

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— The man accused of fatally stabbing an up-and-coming political strategist and injuring her husband at their Raleigh home nearly a month ago was indicted Monday in the case – the same day a search warrant made public shows that he admitted to police his involvement in the crime.

Jonathan Wayne Broyhill, 31, is charged with first-degree murder in the April 22 attack on Jamie Kirk Hahn, 29, and attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in the stabbing of her husband, Nation Hahn, 27.

Jamie Hahn died from her injuries two days later. Nation Hahn, according to the indictment, was stabbed in his left hand, leaving his fingers "severely" sliced.

According to a search warrant returned late Monday morning for Broyhill's home, at 2325 Glascock St., Broyhill also told police that he brought the weapon from his house to the Hahns' home at 1705 Tealwood Place.

Raleigh police haven't released many other details about the crime, but people close to the case have said that Broyhill – a longtime friend of the couple – had been at their home for dinner when the attacks happened.

Nation Hahn was in another room when he heard screaming and walked in on Broyhill stabbing his wife, according to sources.

Jamie Hahn was able to escape and ran outside before collapsing in a neighbor's yard.

Police noted in several warrants seeking permission to access information on cellphones and iPads that there was a trail of blood from the house to where emergency workers found Jamie Hahn lying on the ground.

Authorities haven't commented on a motive, but another search warrant talks about investigators' needs to look at financial records due to embezzlement allegations against Broyhill.

Jamie Hahn ran Sky Blue Strategies, a firm focused on fundraising for nonprofit and political campaigns. Its clients include the North Carolina Democratic Party, the Wake County Democratic Party, gubernatorial candidate Bob Etheridge and former Rep. Brad Miller, who represented North Carolina's 13th congressional district.

Broyhill, at one point, worked for the firm and managed campaign funds for Miller.

Miller told WRAL News shortly after the crime that questions had surfaced about nearly $60,000 in missing campaign funds and that Jamie Hahn had planned to confront Broyhill about the missing money.

Broyhill was formally charged in the case on April 30 after he was released from a local hospital for what Raleigh police say were self-inflicted injuries.


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  • ifcdirector May 22, 2013

    "it was her firm the money was stolen from, not his. She may not have even told her husband she intended to confront him."

    If so it was a potentially very dangerous set of circumstances that cost her her life and led to her husband being injured too.

  • ConservativeVoter May 21, 2013

    There is still a lot of unanswered questions and loose ends in this story.

  • Karmageddon May 21, 2013

    Shouldn't her husband at least have been in the room when she confronted this guy? It was his childhood friend......red flag!

  • Lightfoot3 May 21, 2013

    “Broyhill also told police that he brought the weapon from his house” – article

    That’s enough for me. Place him in a concrete bunker with a small can of gasoline and a lighter. Perhaps this problem will resolve itself without a trial.

    This should be death penalty case.

  • uncw05 May 21, 2013

    ifcdirector- it was her firm the money was stolen from, not his. She may not have even told her husband she intended to confront him.

  • mewuvbb May 21, 2013

    Premeditated Murder, and NO the HUSBAND was NOT INVOLVED

  • eyerolling May 21, 2013

    Am I reading the same article as everyone who is suspecting the husband has involvement?!

  • Obamacare survives May 21, 2013

    So the husband was in on it?

  • kimandwill89 May 21, 2013

    Well said ifcdirector.

  • ifcdirector May 20, 2013

    When you suspect someone of a crime you don't invite them to dinner.......into your home....with your wife.