Police arrest suspect in Roxboro woman's stabbing

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Sherrod Stewart (image courtesy Roxboro Police Department)

Roxboro police arrested Sherrod Avery Stewart late Tuesday night on first-degree murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of a Person County woman Monday.

Stewart was denied bond after he called 911 just after 10 p.m. saying he wanted to turn himself in, according to the Roxboro Police Department. Stewart is currently being held the Person County jail.

Multiple law enforcement agencies had joined the Roxboro Police Department in the search for 35-year-old Stewart following the murder of 32-year-old Nolla Bently.

Police said Bently was stabbed multiple times at her home in the 100 block of Sandstone Way in the Brookstone Mobile Home Park.

A teary-eyed Tracy Rondeau, who described Bently as her best friend told ABC11 Monday that she witnessed the crime. "He stabbed her 14 times in front of me and I couldn't do anything to help her. I'm the one that held her when she died in my arms."

Neighbors told ABC11 that Bently was romantically involved with Stewart.

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Rondeau added that she wanted to see Stewart behind bars.

"I hope you go to jail for a long time," she said. "You took my best friend away from me, and I will never forgive you. I hope you get what you deserve."

Following the incident, Stewart's family members also urged him to end the manhunt and turn himself in.

"Turn yourself in. You'll be better off and let God work things out in (your) life," the suspect's brother Jerry Stewart said.

According to police, Stewart said he wanted to surrender on Main Circle near Southern Middle School.

According to Roxboro Police Chief David Hess, an autopsy is scheduled Wednesday to determine Bently's cause of death.

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