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Morrisville man indicted on murder, arson charge

Posted June 30, 2011 11:22 a.m. EDT

— A Wake County grand jury on Monday indicted Robert John Daidone, 22, of 204 Great Ridge Court in Morrisville, on charges of attempted arson and first-degree murder related to the May 28 death of a woman in her Raleigh home.

Friends who went to check on Alison Ballan Jurich, a 34-year-old mother of two, found her dead inside her home at 4601 Rockwood Drive. An official cause of death has not been released. Daidone was arrested the next day. Police and family members said Daidone and Jurich knew each other but have not elaborated on the connection.

Daidone also faces a slew of charges in connection with a string of home break-ins in Cary during the week prior to Jurich's death. Warrants allege that he broke into two homes in Cary on the day Jurich's body was found and stole a Toyota Prius from a relative two weeks earlier.

On June 3, Cary police charged Daidone with two counts of breaking and entering, three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one count each of attempted breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

He was given bond for the break-in charges but was denied it for the charge of first-degree murder in Jurich's death.

He has previous convictions for drug possession and credit card fraud in Wake County, according to state Department of Correction records.