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Woman feared she, husband wouldn't survive Oakwood home invasion

Posted March 21, 2014

— A woman who was sexually assaulted in a Raleigh home invasion last year said Friday that she feared she and her husband wouldn't survive the ordeal.

Jahaad Tariem Allah Marshall, 27, is on trial for four home invasions in December 2012 and January 2013. He faces 23 charges, including attempted murder, first-degree sexual offense, attempted first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree burglary.

Jessica Beyer's home in the historic Oakwood neighborhood was the last of the four homes prosecutors say Marshall and his 17-year-old brother, Shabar Master Marshall, broke into and robbed. Shabar Marshall recently pleaded guilty to two of the home invasions, including the one at Beyer's house, but defense attorneys say there's no physical evidence linking Jahaad Marshall to any of the crimes.

Beyer recalled waking up on Jan. 7, 2013, when her husband said "What are you doing?" and then seeing two armed men standing in the doorway to the couple's bedroom. The men used stun guns on them and then ransacked their house, searching for things to steal, she said.

She said she was terrified and was hyperventilating, but her husband rubbed her foot as they sat in bed to comfort her.

The two intruders were angry that the Beyers didn't have much money in the house, she said, and they refused to take her jewelry when she suggested they take it.

Beyer said one of the men then forced her into the dining room, where he had her disrobe and perform a sex act at gunpoint.

WRAL News usually doesn't identify sex assault victims, but Beyer has spoken publicly in the past about the home invasion and her assault.

"I felt like they'd been there too long, and I thought we were going to be killed," she testified.

After she was taken back upstairs, the other intruder fondled Beyer, and her husband began calling out to her, she said.

"Where's my wife? Is my wife OK?" Jason Beyer shouted, his wife said.

"I thought I was about to get raped," she said, noting the situation suddenly became more chaotic.

As one of the men forced her back downstairs, she said, she saw her husband wrestling at the bottom of the stairs.

"I thought, if I could get door open and start making noise, they'd go away," she testified.

Beyer said she then vaulted over the railing, threw open the front door and ran screaming into her yard.

Her voice cracked when she told jurors she heard a gunshot from inside her house, and friends and family in the courtroom began to cry.

Jason Beyer was shot in the back, leaving him paralyzed. He is expected to testify next week.

Neighbor Mary Iverson said she heard a loud noise and a "blood-curdling scream" before finding a terrified Jessica Beyer at her door pleading for help.

"She practically collapsed," Iverson testified. "She was shaking and screaming, ‘They shot Jay.'"

Police arrested Marshall and his brother following a high-speed chase after the Beyer home invasion.

Earlier Friday, Curtis and Patricia Lovick testified about two men breaking into their home on Dec. 30, 2012. The couple said they were handcuffed to the frame of their bed while the intruders ransacked their house.

Patricia Lovick said she thought she was going to die.

"I think Jesus took my hand, and I don’t know how I would‘ve gotten out of it otherwise,” she testified.

She said the shorter of the two intruders – prosecutors claim that is Jahaad Marshall – appeared to be in charge of the operation and that the taller one seemed scared and nervous. The taller one gave her a blanket because she was cold and gave her husband a pillow for his back.

Curtis Lovick said he gave Raleigh police investigating his home invasion a warning about the two men: "I told police if they didn’t catch this guy someone was going to get murdered soon."


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  • jwbmom1965 Mar 25, 2014

    they should both be killed. Look at the anguish these two monster inflicted on this couple.

  • anonymous99 Mar 24, 2014

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    I think you know the answer to that.

  • Janni Cone Mar 24, 2014
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    It's a pretty weak statement about physical evidence when you have so many eyewitnesses. SOOOOO glad Boz didn't allow the Alford plea from this "defendant" (retyping other words to get this posted...). He's going to get the max sentence he DESERVES. After all - he EARNED it. (and I'd be willing to bet it's the only thing he's earned in his entire life)

    Thoughts and prayers for the victims and especially strong well wishes for the Beyers - who were the victims of the escalation of these crimes - both with being shot and sexually assaulted. They are truly an inspiration on surviving this ordeal and not letting the criminals define them or their lives.

  • PackCity Mar 24, 2014

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  • jwjw1522 Mar 24, 2014

    Why isn't this classified as a hate crime?????????????????????????????????

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 24, 2014

    "We need to stand up and put an end to all this stuff being allowed or not allowed in court. " - barbstillkickin

    How do WE do that? I think these two should be publicly executed, and this isn't a death penalty case. How can we change the system given the diversity of opinion in our country? It's a crying shame how long it takes just to have a trial. Justice still isn't served because death penalties aren't carried out until 15 to 20 years later, if ever. Eventually there won't be a death penalty. Tax payers will be responsible for housing worthless drains on society/resources. About the only way to get true justice will be something like a revolution, or perhaps a presidential executive order. But even that probably wouldn't work. I wish there was a way to take all the truly guilty of murder, rape, serious assault, etc., and execute them by the end of this year. All of them! Clean sweep!

  • barbstillkickin Mar 24, 2014

    They want physical evidence when the person that had it happen to her is looking them in the eye. This country is really going down hill and not for the good either. Problem is these activist are getting all they want while we sit back and let it happen. We need to stand up and put an end to all this stuff being allowed or not allowed in court. If there is a witness or evidence it should all be allowed. How many criminals have been set free because some key evidence was not allowed. That my friend is not what I consider to be a free country. Unless of course you are the accuser.

  • Kylie Marie Summerling Mar 21, 2014
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    No physical evidence? Other than the two people who stared right at them while they robbed, maimed, and assaulted them? Worthless trash.