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Raleigh slaying suspect charged with attempted arson

Posted June 29, 2011 4:45 p.m. EDT

— A Morrisville man accused of killing a woman found dead in a north Raleigh house in late May is also charged with trying to set a fire at the scene, according to arrest warrants.

Robert John Daidone, 22, of 204 Great Ridge Court, is charged with attempted first-degree arson, according to arrest warrants returned Wednesday.

He also faces a slew of charges in connection with a string of home break-ins in Cary during the week prior to the murder of Alison Ballan Jurich, a 34-year-old mother of 13-year-old twin boys.

Friends who hadn't heard from Jurich in several days found her dead in her rental house at 4601 Rockwood Drive on May 28, according to a 911 call. Police arrested Daidone the next day. They said the crime wasn't random but have not said how they linked Daidone to it.

Warrants allege that Daidone broke into two homes in Cary on the day Jurich's body was found and stole a Toyota Prius from a relative two weeks earlier.

On June 3, Cary police charged Daidone with two counts of breaking and entering, three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one count each of attempted breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

He was given bond for the break-in charges but was denied it for the charge of first-degree murder in Jurich's death.

In December 2009, Daidone was the subject of a Silver Alert, a statewide system that quickly notifies the public about missing adults who suffer from cognitive impairments.

Two weeks later, he was arrested on first-degree burglary, felony breaking and entering and larceny charges in connection with thefts from two Cary homes on New Year's Day 2010.

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