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Murder charge dropped against former Iredell teacher

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Former Iredell County teacher Dawn Kavanaugh will not face trial for murder, after prosecutors decided late last week to drop charges in the case, her attorney says. (Iredell County Jail photo.)

Murder charges have been dropped against a former award-winning Iredell County teacher, according to the woman’s attorney.

Dawn Kavanaugh, 42, had been charged in the Feb. 10 stabbing death of Ronald Ketchum, 43. At the time, police said the stabbing resulted from a domestic argument at a residence on Red Arrow Place near Mooresville.

Lori Hamilton-Dewitt, Kavanaugh’s Mocksville-based attorney, said Monday that prosecutors announced Friday they were dropping the case for lack of evidence.

“She was defending herself,” Hamilton-Dewitt said of Kavanaugh’s actions in the Feb. 10 incident.

A spokeswoman at the district attorney’s office in Iredell County confirmed Monday that the charges have been dropped. The spokeswoman said she could not discuss specifics of the case or the reason for the decision.

Kavanaugh worked in the Iredell County Schools for more than eight years.

She was hired at South Iredell High School and moved in 2010 to Lakeshore Middle School near Troutman. Kavanaugh taught social studies at Lakeshore Middle and was named teacher of the year at the school in 2012.

Kavanaugh, who spent a month in jail before being released on bond in mid-March, was put on paid leave initially but later resigned her teaching position, Hamilton-Dewitt said.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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