A deputy with the Wake County Sheriff's Office was responding to a 911 hang up at about 3 a.m. Sunday when he found the couple suffering from stab wounds in their house at 1010 Rock Drive, near Garner.
Bruce Clawson, 51, and his wife Teresa Haws Clawson, 52, were rushed to WakeMed.
Bruce Clawson died at WakeMed, while Teresa Clawson underwent surgery.
The sheriff's office said Teresa Clawson was listed in critical condition Sunday evening.
The Wake County Sheriff's Office is still working to determine how the stabbings happened and who was responsible. But they do not believe anyone else was involved.
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said there were no signs of forced entry into the house.
"We're not looking for anyone else," Harrison said. "It's basically contained right here in this house."
WRAL has learned that Bruce Clawson has a police record that spans nearly 25 years.
He had previously faced drug charges, assault and battery charges, and DWI convictions. In 1992, he served some time in jail for driving drunk.
Neighbors who knew Bruce Clawson said he worked in road construction. They also called him a "great guy."
Other neighbors praised Teresa, who worked as a court reporter. They said they're thinking of the Clawsons' teenage daughter, who was not at home when the stabbings occurred.
"We went and talked to our preacher and asked the rest of the church to pray for them and keep them in their hearts," neighbor Kenneth Bailey said.
Ina Lynn, also a neighbor, added: "I don't understand why people just don't walk away. People get so mad and they hurt somebody like that, all they have to do is walk away."
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