Former Congressman: Raleigh murder suspect wrote questionable checks to himself

ablythe@newsobserver.comApril 26, 2013 

— Former congressman Brad Miller has asked PNC Bank to freeze his campaign account after discovering that the man accused of killing political fundraiser Jamie Hahn had written questionable checks to himself.

Miller met with his campaign treasurer and several others Friday, four days after Jonathan Broyhill was accused of attacking Hahn with a knife in her North Raleigh home.

Hahn, 29, a political fundraiser who did work for the Miller campaign, died at WakeMed early Wednesday, almost 32 hours after she was stabbed. Her husband, Nation Hahn, 27, also was injured in the attack, but he was treated at WakeMed and released.

Broyhill, 31, the best man at the couple’s wedding in 2009, remains in WakeMed with what police describe as “self-inflicted injuries.” Raleigh police say they plan to charge him with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, once he is released from the hospital.

Police have not revealed a motive for the attacks, but Miller said Friday that questions about Broyhill’s handling of campaign finances had come up in recent months.

Jamie Hahn, a founder of Sky Blue Strategies, a company that helped politicians and issue-oriented campaigns with fundraising, was hired by Miller in 2010 to work on his campaign.

Jamie Hahn brought on Broyhill, a longtime friend of her husband who had a background in accounting, and he helped with the books.

Miller abandoned his plans to run for Congress in 2012. As the campaign closed down, Broyhill had been instructed to send refunds to big donors. On Friday, Miller learned that his campaign account had a negative balance. Some checks to vendors had bounced in recent weeks.

“We’ve had increasing questions over the last few months,” Miller said.

Miller said Jamie Hahn had been asked to delve into the issue on behalf of the campaign. He said he has alerted the Federal Election Commission about the problems with his account as well.

Miller said he hesitated to reveal many more details because he expected the campaign finance issues to be a part of the prosecution’s murder case against Broyhill.

“We explained the circumstances to the bank and told them to put a red flag on it and freeze it,” Miller said. “We said, ‘We expect the account to be important evidence in a murder prosecution.’ ”

Investigators in the homicide case have obtained search warrants to access email accounts for Broyhill and Jamie Hahn.

Broyhill has been listed in good condition by hospital officials since the day after the attack, but police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Friday he was not sure when he would be released and taken to jail. Sughrue said Broyhill’s release from the hospital will be based on the hospital’s medical evaluation of his condition.

WakeMed spokeswoman Kelly Deis said a patient in good condition has a heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs that are within normal limits. The patient is also conscious and comfortable, and that his or her “indicators” are excellent.

Deis said she was not sure when Broyhill would be released from the hospital.

Family and friends of Jamie Hahn gathered Friday evening at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, where a memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. There will be another service in Orangeburg, S.C., where she grew up.

Blythe: 919-836-4948

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