Prosecutors Lay Foundation in Bryohill Murder Case But Many Rep. Brad Miller Questions Go Unanswered

In court proceedings – both the prosecution and defense stipulate that Jonathan Broyhill  stabbed Jamie Hahn over 14 times causing her death some two days later at WakeMed

On direct testimony and in media articles the number of stab wounds have increased to Broyhill stabbing Jamie Hahn 24 times.

The State says it’s First Degree Murder—the defense says it’s not.  Here’s why:

The Broyhill defense points to him slashing his wrists deeply and stabbing himself in the stomach. They say his intent was to kill himself at Nation and Jamie Hahn’s house. 

On cross examination an officer with Raleigh PD says it was one the worst scenes he’s seen in 10 years.  He testified that Broyhill’s wrists were laid open vertically—with skin flaps visibly hanging and blood pouring from the wounds.

He also said Broyhill’s stomach wound left his intestines visible—prompting an immediate need for EMS attention.


The prosecution says the murder was about money—claiming Broyhill embezzled large sums of cash from the Rep. Brad Miller campaign committee.

The defense acknowledges some of that but claims the true cause might be something much deeper.

A Special Relationship

In opening statements—the Broyhill defense said Broyhill and Nation Hahn (Jamie Hahn’s husband) has a “special relationship.”

They knew they were different.”

Jamie Hahn goes on to form Sky Blue Consultinghiring her husband’s special friend (defense words) as her only employee.

She sets the unincorporated business up as a fundraising and campaign management company.

Under cross exam, John Wallace—the treasurer for the Rep. Brad Miller campaign committee—said he didn’t know Jamie (he had only heard the name).  Wallace is an expert election law attorney and also legal counsel for the North Carolina Democratic Party.

As the trial and testimony relates to former congressman Brad Miller:

Why did Miller—an experienced congressman of many years—end his relationship with his seasoned and experienced fundraising consulting firm and hire Jamie Hahn to fundraise and manage his campaign?

Miller had been in Congress for years—yet he hires a 26 year old woman with no proven track record and virtually no experience to run the show.

As the trial of Broyhill relates to Miller’s money—questions swirl among seasoned politicos of “What did Rep. Brad Miller know and when did he know it?”

The prosecution entered into evidence: SE 55 – a letter addressed to someone named “Ed” asking this person to request campaign contribution refund(s) and to then donate those funds to the Brad Miller State Senate Campaign Committee—and account that dates back to Mr. Miller’s NC legislation days.   

About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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