Thursday, 25 April 2013

Best man fatally stabs bride: Political campaign funds turn friends to foes

Best man fatally stabs bride: Political campaign funds turn friends to foes, In a fateful turn of events, a best man at a couple’s 2009 wedding has been arrested for stabbing his former friend and his friend's wife, who has since died of her injuries.

The trending searched phrase of 'Best man fatally stabs bride' is a story of one-time friends turned enemies. Yahoo! News reported April 24 that 31-year-old Jonathan Broyhill attacked 27-year-old Nation Hahn and his wife, 29-year-old Jamie Kirk Hahn, at their Raleigh home Monday night.

Jamie was a North Carolina political strategist who worked for high-profile Democratic candidates. Broyhill reportedly worked with Jamie Hahn at the Democratic firm Sky Blue Strategies, which she founded.

A spokesman for WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, where the couple were taken Monday night, said Wednesday morning that Hahn had died from her injuries.

On Wednesday morning, Jamie’s husband, Nation Hahn, mourned his wife’s death on Twitter: “She was my center, my rock and my soulmate.”

Nation Hahn was released after being treated for his injuries.

Broyhill was arrested and charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Broyhill was also being treated for his injuries, after allegedly turning the knife on himself.

A murder charge has now been added after Jamie Hahn succumbed to her injuries.

Although Raleigh police continue to investigate the motive for the attack, sources say that the murder was over missing money from a former Congressman’s political campaign.

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, who decided not to seek re-election in 2012, said he hired Sky Blue for fundraising help around 2010. Jonathan Broyhill was the main person with access to fundraising software, Miller said.

“Some of the things that Jonathan said about the campaign finances were inconsistent with other information,” Miller said Wednesday. “It’s probably the case that Jamie was asking questions on behalf of the campaign about campaign finances. I think it’s bound to be part of the investigation of Jon’s motive.”

In October, the Federal Elections Commission sent Miller campaign treasurer John Wallace a letter requesting more information about documents that appeared to show donors receiving refunds from the campaign in excess of what they paid.

Those five donors gave a combined $8,250 in the 2012 quarterly report cited by the FEC, but the document shows the five receiving a combined $15,900 in refunds. It’s not clear whether the donors actually received refunds.

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