Warrant: Broyhill admitted “involvement” in Jamie Hahn’s death

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comMay 20, 2013 

— Jonathan Wayne Broyhill admitted to police his “involvement” in the fatal stabbing last month of political fundraiser Jamie Hahn, according to a search warrant made public Monday.

Police have said that Jamie Hahn and her husband Nation were attacked with a knife April 22 at their North Raleigh home. According to the warrant, Broyhill told investigators that he brought the weapon from his home on Glascock Street when he visited the couple that day.

Jamie Hahn, 29, died the next day. Nation Hahn was treated at the hospital and released.

Broyhill, 31, worked for Sky Blue Strategies, Jamie Hahn’s political consulting firm, and was the best man at the couple’s wedding in 2009.

Broyhill’s statements to police were included in eight search warrants made public Monday at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office. In an affidavit with one of the warrants, issued April 23, a detective wrote, “The suspect was interviewed and admitted to his involvement in the crime and furthermore indicated that he brought the weapon from his residence.”

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue would not elaborate Monday, but said, “No additional arrests are anticipated.”

Police used the search warrants to swab the inside of Broyhill’s cheek for a DNA sample and to collect data from three of his mobile phones and an Apple iPad.

They also searched a 2006 Volvo registered to him for financial documents after former Congressman Brad Miller said he had discovered that Broyhill had written questionable checks to himself from a campaign account he had access to, and that the account had been emptied. Miller said Jamie Hahn had been asked to look into the issue on behalf of the campaign.

The search of Broyhill’s Volvo on April 25 marked the second time investigators searched the car. On the day of the stabbing, Detective E.J. Gibney searched the car, which was parked in front of the Hahns’ house, but did not recover any items. Gibney obtained a second warrant to search the Volvo to seize financial documents and the Apple iPad that he had seen inside the car earlier.

“As this investigation has progressed, it has been learned that these items may provide a potential motive for this crime,” Gibney stated in the search warrant application.

Investigators also seized Broyhill’s mobile phones after learning that he “often communicated via telephone” with Jamie Hahn, Gibney stated.

Police charged Broyhill with murder the day after Jamie Hahn died. He also was charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. On Monday, a Wake County grand jury issued an indictment charging Broyhill with those same crimes.

Broyhill’s attorney, Joseph Arbour of the Wake Public Defender’s Office, could not be reached for comment Monday. Broyhill remains in Central Prison on Western Boulevard without benefit of bail, a jail spokeswoman said.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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