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Man arrested after woman found dead in Raleigh home

Posted May 29, 2011 10:13 a.m. EDT
Updated May 29, 2011 11:07 p.m. EDT

— A Morrisville man was charged with murder Sunday afternoon after a mother of two was found dead Saturday inside the north Raleigh home she rented.

A neighbor reported looking through a window and seeing a woman's body covered in blood in the house at 4601 Rockwood Drive shortly before 11 a.m., police said. EMS workers discovered the body of Alison Ballan Jurich, 34, inside.

Robert John Daidone, 22, of 204 Great Ridge Court in Morrisville, was taken into custody at the Chatham County jail Sunday afternoon and was transported to the Wake County jail around 3:30 p.m. He was charged with murder and two counts of breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny.

The alleged break-ins took place on Saturday at two different homes in Cary. In arrest warrants, police state that Daidone stole a $4 gardening tool from one of the homes.

Less than two weeks earlier, warrants state that Daidone stole a Toyota Prius from a family member.

Police have not released how Jurich died, but did confirm that she knew Daidone. 

Jurich, the mother of 13-year-old twin boys, rented the home with several other people, her father Jerry Ballan said. She was planning to move out in June. No other renters were home in the house when the body was found, police said.

Daidone was not one of the other renters, Jurich's mother said, but she declined to say how her daughter knew him.

In December 2009, the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Daidone. The Silver Alert system was developed to quickly notify the public about missing adults who suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairments.

Two weeks after the alert was issued, Daidone was arrested on first-degree burglary, felony breaking and entering and larceny charges for allegedly stealing from two Cary homes on New Year's Day 2010.

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