Husband charged with fatally stabbing wife in Rocky Mount

Jihad Hamdan (Photo Courtesy: Nash County Sheriff's Office)
February 24, 2014 1:29:21 PM PST
Police say a Rocky Mount woman was fatally stabbed at her home Saturday night.

Authorities responded shortly after 10 p.m. to an assault at a house on the 200 block of Pintail Lane.

Police believe 26-year-old Jihad Hamdan assaulted his 23-year-old wife, Alia Harbi Odeh, with a knife and fled the scene.

Odeh was pronounced dead at Nash General Hospital.

Hamdan turned himself in to police several hours after the assault and was charged with first-degree murder.

He is currently being held in the Nash County Detention Center without bond.

Police said a disturbance call was reported Friday night at the same residence, but no one was injured and no arrests were made.

"We are exploring this as being a possible domestic violence situation," said Rocky Mount Cpl. Mike Lewis.

Odeh's death is the third homicide in Rocky Mount this year.

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