Stabbing followed fiery relationship

Beau called police, but woman died; fellow tenants say volatility, jealousy shadowed couple

Staff WriterAugust 28, 2006 

— Neighbors say Joy Mills Morgan and her boyfriend, Kurt Davis, had a habit of screaming and arguing late at night in the apartment they shared near N.C. State University.

Morgan, 48, died early Saturday morning after being stabbed in the chest. Davis, 38, is behind bars in the Wake County jail, charged with her murder. He is being held without bond.

Davis called police after the stabbing and stood by waiting for their arrival, said Jim Sughrue, Raleigh police spokesman. Emergency workers found Morgan lying on the floor near the sofa and rushed her to WakeMed Raleigh Campus in vain. Doctors there declared her dead.

Neighbors were hardly surprised that the couple's troubled relationship turned tragic, said Lonnie Mouse, who lived down the hall on the second floor of 713 Centennial Parkway.

"He didn't like her to talk to anyone," Mouse said. "He was always jealous." Mouse remembered him fussing at another neighbor who chatted with Morgan one day.

Morgan and Davis shared an apartment along a dim hallway in a tall building across the street from Mission Valley shopping center. The building is filled with working adults who were often jolted awake by the couple's early morning roars.

Complaints to apartment management didn't deter the fighting, Mouse said.

Neighbors now wonder if management had forced one of them out, would Morgan still be alive?

Morgan is a divorced mother of three grown children, family members said. She loved disco music and often listened to gospel tunes with her children. Morgan became a grandmother several years ago and reveled in time spent with her grandchild, family said.

Davis' family couldn't be reached for comment.

Staff writer Mandy Locke can be reached at 829-8927 or mandy.locke@newsobserver.com.

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