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Durham Police Charge N.J. Fugitive With Murder

Posted May 11, 2003 10:03 a.m. EDT

— Durham police investigators Saturday charged 22-year-old Veda Akiaya Petties with murder in connection with the stabbing death of 52-year-old Ali Anthony Abdul.

Authorities say Petties is a fugitive from a New Jersey, having escaped from Kintock Halfway House in June 2002. She is being held without bail in the Durham County jail and will make her first court appearance Monday.

Durham police officers said they responded to a stabbing call at 4:25 a.m. Saturday and found Abdul lying in the street in the 2800 block of Angier Avenue. Witnesses said he was stabbed twice after an argument over a $10 debt.

Abdul, who was stabbed in the next and chest, was taken to Duke University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Petties was arrested soon afterwards, after a Durham officer reportedly saw her walking out of woods not far from where the stabbing occurred.

According to her New Jersey prison record, Petties was serving four years in state prison for drug dealing, possession and a parole violation. She was being sought by authorities there on escape charges.