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Trial date set for Raleigh man accused of murdering Democratic strategist

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TRAVIS LONG - tlong@newsobserver.com
Jonathan Broyhill

RALEIGH The man accused of fatally stabbing a Democratic strategist and attacking her husband at their North Raleigh home in April 2013 is scheduled to go on trial in December.

Jonathan Wayne Broyhill, 32, is accused of stabbing Jamie Kirk Hahn, 29, inside her home nearly 16 months ago after she confronted him about financial irregularities in a congressional campaign they had worked on together.

Her husband, Nation Hahn, also a Democratic strategist, was injured in the incident.

Broyhill, who worked for Jamie Hahn’s consulting company, Blue Sky Strategies, told investigators he brought a knife from his home to the Hahns’ house on April 22, when the attack occurred, according to a search warrant from the case.

Jamie Hahn died two days after the attack.

Broyhill was treated for self-inflicted wounds to his wrists, according to law enforcement officials.

A 2013 autopsy report from the state medical examiner’s office in Raleigh showed that Jamie Hahn had been stabbed and slashed at least 14 times.

Investigators used search warrants to collect data from three of Broyhill’s mobile phones and an Apple iPad.

They also searched a 2006 Volvo registered to him for financial documents after former U.S. Rep. Brad Miller said he had discovered that Broyhill had written questionable checks to himself from a campaign account he had access to. That account had been emptied, according to statements last year from Miller.

Miller said Jamie Hahn had been asked to look into the issue on behalf of the campaign.

Broyhill and Nation Hahn both grew up in Lenoir, and the two men, along with Jamie Hahn, shared common interests beyond their jobs as Democratic strategists, fundraisers and campaigners.

Blythe: 919-836-4948; Twitter: @AnneBlythe1
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