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Bond set for ex-teacher of year in murder case

STATESVILLE -- A judge in Iredell County has set bond at $200,000 for an Iredell County teacher who faces a murder charge in connection with a stabbing last month.

Superior Court Judge Joe Crosswhite set the bond Tuesday during a hearing for Dawn Bridget Kavanaugh, 42, of Mooresville. Crosswhite also ordered that Kavanaugh wear an electronic monitoring device.

Kavanaugh is charged in the death of Ronald Ketchum, 43, who was killed at Kavanaugh’s residence Feb. 10. Kavanaugh taught for six years at South Iredell High School and had been teaching since 2010 at Lakeshore Middle School, where she was named Teacher of the Year in the 2011-12 academic year.

Friends say Kavanaugh was in the process of breaking off a relationship with Ketchum.

During the hearing, assistant District Attorney Scott Cranford asked for bond to be set at $500,000. Kavanaugh’s attorney, Lori Hamilton-Dewitt, asked for bond of $100,000.

Dewitt said Kavanaugh acted in self-defense in stabbing Ketchum. Prosecutors, who said they will not seek the death penalty in the case, told the judge that there were signs of pre-meditation in the death.

A number of staff members from Lakeshore Middle and South Iredell High schools were in the courtroom for the hearing.

As of midday Wednesday, Kavanaugh remained in the Iredell County jail.

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