Jamie and Nation Hahn Stabbing Update: Suspect Jonathan Broyhill reportedly claimed he had cancer

Jonathan Broyhill
Jonathan Broyhill

(CBS/WRAL/AP) RALEIGH, N.C. - A former best man accused of stabbing a North Carolina couple falsely claimed he had cancer, according to his pastor at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church,  CBS affiliate WRAL reports.

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Jonathan Broyhill, 31, is accused of killing 29-year-old political strategist Jamie Hahn and stabbing her husband Nation Hahn at their home Monday evening. A wedding announcement in a South Carolina newspaper listed Broyhill as the best man at the couple's wedding in April 2009.

Rev. Nancy Petty said Thursday that she had asked her congregation last week to pray for Broyhill, who told her he had pancreatic cancer, WRAL reported.

According to the station, Petty said detectives told her and others in a hospital waiting room Monday evening that the claim was not true.

She said she informed church members Wednesday night.

"I felt that I had an obligation to tell my congregation that this was not true and that there were more important things to pray for," Petty told WRAL.

Raleigh police are continuing to investigate the attack.

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