Relative: Home invasion victim is hero

Authorities are investigating a car accident on S. Wilmington Street that maybe related to an early morning shooting in Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood.
January 7, 2013 9:00:00 PM PST
One of the two brothers charged in a violent home invasion in Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood faced a judge late Wednesday.

He also had to face the victims' family there too. A relative was in court on behalf of his sister, who bravely fought back and ran for help. He also told ABC11 with tears in his eyes, that his brother-in-law is nothing short of a hero.

ABC11 is only calling the man Aaron to protect his sister's identity because she is the victim of a sex crime.

On Monday morning, the man and his wife awoke to find two armed men in their bedroom asking for money and valuables. However, when one of the men took his wife to another room and sexually assaulted her, he fought back.

The commotion allowed her to escape and call for help but got him shot.

"One of the victims in this case was shot in the back," said prosecutor Boz Zellinger, "and, at this point, it appears he is going to be paralyzed or in some state of paralysis."

After hearing that account in court Wednesday, the judge left the bond for 26-year-old Jahadd Marshall at $5 million as Aaron watched from the front row

Marshall's 16-year-old brother Shabar is under the same high bond.

Aaron says, while the two sit in jail, his sister and brother-in-law are trying to put their lives back together. They are lives he believes were saved by his brother-in-law's actions.

"I think if there's one fact that people know about what happened that night it's that Jay is an absolute hero and did everything he could to protect his wife in an absolutely horrific attack," said Aaron. "And, you know, we, my family and my sister, are eternally grateful for what he did."

Aaron said the support of Raleigh police, the District Attorney's office, and the Oakwood community has been incredible.

As for the older brother charged in this crime, the prosecutor rattled off a long record about him including a prison stint in South Carolina.

The prosecutor told the judge that Jahadd Marshall may be eligible to be prosecuted as a habitual felon.

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