Man charged with murder after attacker dies

February 24, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
A man, who says he was defending his wife from a knife-wielding attacker, is charged with murder.

Fayetteville Police issued a first-degree murder arrest warrant to Stan Moretti Tuesday afternoon.

His wife, Anna Moretti, says she was attacked outside a Fayetteville pizza place, by a man with a butcher knife.

Police say Stan Moretti, 41, jumped into his SUV and ran over the suspect several times.

Anna says the bizarre chain of events will make what happened outside Primo Pizza on Yadkin Road last a lifetime.

She says she was outside smoking a cigarette when a man police identify as Aaron McLeod, came up to her swinging a 12-inch butcher knife.

"She called for help and her husband heard her," Jamie Smith, police spokesperson, said. "He came outside." "He was armed with a gun --- shot a couple of warning shots trying to scare the man away. He did run away."

Authorities say Stan jumped into his SUV and chased McLeod down the road.

"And ended up hitting him with his car several times on Horseshoe Road ?three is what's in the warrant," Smith said.

McLeod, 28, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and was later transferred to UNC Health Care System in Chapel Hill, were he died.

Anna says her husband was defending her against a man she believes was trying to kill her.

"Each situation is different," Smith said. "In this case our investigators felt that it met to charge him with the assault with a deadly weapon. You do need to protect yourself, but you also have to do it within the limits of the law."

Stan Moretti is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

He is expected to turn himself in to authorities Wednesday before noon.


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