Broyhill appeals murder conviction in fatal Raleigh stabbing

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh man convicted of stabbing his best friend’s wife to death in April 2013 is appealing that conviction.

Jonathan Broyhill fatally stabbed Jamie Hahn to death in her Raleigh home. Her husband, Nation, was home at the time of the attack and ran to help his wife.

Nation Hahn was also stabbed by Broyhill.

In 2015, Broyhill was found guilty of first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and attempted first-degree murder in the attack.

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Broyhill was a close friend to the couple and was even the best man in their wedding. Investigators said Broyhill worked for Jamie Hahn’s firm, Blue Sky Strategies, and used his position to steal money from Congressman Brad Miller’s campaign.

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When Jamie Hahn confronted Broyhill about the missing money, detectives believe Broyhill attacked Hahn in her kitchen. Nation Hahn said he heard his wife’s screams as he walked down the stairs of their North Raleigh home.

At trial, it was claimed Broyhill was suffering from emotional issues.

During Wednesday’s appeal it is expected Broyhill’s lawyers argued a psychiatrist’s testimony about Broyhill’s mental state should have been allowed at his trial.

Broyhill’s lawyer says his client was suicidal when he committed the murder.

Attorney Gordon Widenhouse told the appeals court that testimony from a psychiatrist would have helped persuade the jury of that.

Widenhouse says the judge interviewed the doctor outside the presence of the jury and decided not to allow that testimony.

“We think if the jury had heard this testimony from the doctor, they would have likely returned a verdict of second degree (murder),” Widenhouse said.

But the attorney general’s office says the judge was right to exclude that testimony and there was enough evidence to prove Broyhill planned the attack.

“A week prior to the attack, he purchased an eight-inch chef’s knife he’d eventually use to kill Jamie and injure Nation,” said assistant district attorney Mary Carla Babb. “The night before, he planned to leave Raleigh. He had the knife a whole week and didn’t commit suicide with it.”

The three appeals court judges must now decide if they will grant a new trial.

It could take several months before they issue their decision.

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