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Roanoke Rapids stabbing victim identified

Posted January 12, 2012 2:19 p.m. EST
Updated January 12, 2012 9:54 p.m. EST

— A woman who was beaten and stabbed more than 20 times in a Roanoke Rapids home on Jan. 2 and left for dead has been identified as Cindy Kay Flanagan, 41, of Jarratt, Va.

She was at an undisclosed hospital on Thursday and was getting better, according to Halifax County authorities.

Four people who live together in Emporia, Va., have been charged in the attack, which happened in the Edgewater subdivision.

Authorities say Flanagan was familiar with her attackers, who are accused of plotting to kill her, and that the motive for the crime was related to drugs.

Flanagan rode to North Carolina with two of the people charged in the case, Timothy Isaiah Moran and Toni Renee Draper, with the intention of visiting one of their relatives, according to investigators.

After the attack, Flanagan managed to crawl several hundred yards to a nearby home to get help. The homeowner called 911 while her husband helped Flanagan. He told WRAL News that Flanagan kept saying she was cold and didn't want to die. 

Moran and Draper drove back to Emporia, dumped Flanagan's car in a wooded area and destroyed other evidence of the crime, investigators said.

Moran, 35, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and was being held without bond in the Halifax County jail.

Draper, 33, and Lauren Elizabeth Draper, 22, were each charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony conspiracy. Jerry Leonard Draper III, 34, was charged with accessory after the fact to attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

All three Drapers were being held in the Halifax County jail under $500,000 bonds.

Authorities say Jerry Draper III is married to Toni Draper and that he is the brother of Lauren Draper, who is dating Moran.