Mayor and Accused Stalker Square Off in Court
Posted July 8, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer and his accused stalker met face-to-face for the first time Thursday in a Raleigh courtroom. The Mayor says Valerie Daye followed him day and night, but she says she didn't think she was doing anything wrong.
Valerie Daye was arrested earlier this year and accused of stalking the mayor. The charges were dismissed when she was deemed incompetent to stand trial.
Daye was released from Dorothea Dix hospital on June 29, and Fetzer says that day she started harassing him again. He says he feels threatened and wants the court to keep her away from him for good.
"I felt threatened, i felt my safety was in jeopardy," said Fetzer.
The Raleigh Mayor says Valerie Daye has harassed him for three years by sending him suggestive letters, calling him, and waiting for him at both his home and his office.
He is now seeking a restraining order against the former attorney.
"The attention from her became irritating, annoying and disconcerting," said Fetzer
Daye says she didn't know she was doing anything wrong. She says she was invited to Fetzer campaign functions and was shocked by the allegations.
"Heck yes, heck yes, it came as a surprise," said Daye.
Fetzer says he had no personal communication with Daye, except to ask her to stay away, but Daye sees things differently.
"He was just telling someone how pretty I was," said Daye.
Although Daye spent several weeks in Dorothea Dix hospital and was found not competent to stand trial, she says she is not mentally ill and not on medication.
"It's been a sad situation and hopefully this will bring it to it's merciful conclusion," said Daye.
"I respect Tom Fetzer and even if I never communicate with him again I will respect him as a politician," said Daye.
The judge ruled that Daye must keep her distance until the trial. City attorney Thomas McCormick is representing the mayor and some people are concerned that taxpayer dollars are being spent this way, but McCormick says it is appropriate since a lot of the incidents occurred in and around city hall.
Fetzer reportedly plans to hire a private attorney to handle the case in the future.