LA arrest warrants issued for suspect in Apex woman’s killing

Michael Anthony Maher, accused of murdering his wife at their Apex home Nov. 24, was charged Thursday with being a fugitive from insurance fraud and forgery charges in Louisiana, where they used to live in Broussard.

The warrants were served at the Wake County Detention Center, where Maher, 44, has been held since the shooting of 38-year-old Nadia Amaadar Maher.

The new warrants say that the Louisiana charges against Maher are general insurance fraud and forgery. Maher was scheduled for a court appearance Friday on the new accusation of being a fugitive from another jurisdiction.

KATC-TV in Lafayette, La., reported last month that fraud and forgery charges were filed last summer in Lafayette and that Maher had missed a Dec. 12 court appearance.

Maher was in custody in Wake County at the time.

The station also reported that Maher had been charged in April 2015 with strangling Nadia Maher in front of their children the previous month.

In December, in a Wake County search warrant application, Apex investigators said they had discovered signs of a struggle in the Maher home on Walden Glade Run.

The couple’s children told police varying accounts of what happened prior to the shooting, but a daughter told police her parents were arguing about missing money, the investigators said.

A different search warrant made public this week has investigators saying that the couple’s daughter, who called 911 after the shooting, had given police varying accounts of what happened and who was holding the shotgun that fatally wounded her mother in the stomach. Nadia Maher died a few hours later at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

Authorities were asking for permission to examine the girl’s phone, which police had been holding since they interviewed the girl the night of the shooting.

Apex Police Detective Worth T. Brown wrote in asking for the most-recent search warrant that the daughter had been talking on the phone or texting on it while she was with police after the shooting.

Michael Maher has a history involving domestic violence, Apex police have said.

The couple “had an extensive history of domestic violence in Louisiana and Florida,” Worth wrote.

Nadia Maher’s death was first reported to be accidental, based on what police were told, but they later arrested Michael Maher.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT