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UPDATE: Triple stabbing suspect arrested after found covered in blood in Orange County

Woman facing murder charge after 1 dies

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Rebecca Ashley Nelson
Rebecca Ashley Nelson

UPDATE (2-7-2020):

Rebecca Ashley Nelson, 31, was arrested Friday by deputies with the Wake County Sheriff's Office, authorities said.

She was taken into custody after she was released from a medical facility, according to the Wake Forest Police Department. She was taken to the facility Tuesday after deputies in Orange County found her covered in someone else's blood and became concerned for her well-being.

Nelson has been charged with one count of murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Her first court appearance was at 2 p.m. Friday. Her bond wasn't immediately available.

"The Wake Forest Police Department wishes to thank Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office for their invaluable assistance throughout the investigation of this incident," police said in a statement.


WAKE FOREST — A woman will be charged with murder after one of three victims involved in a stabbing in Wake Forest Tuesday evening died, police said Wednesday.

The Wake Forest Police Department said it has warrants to arrest Rebecca Ashley Nelson, of Miranda Drive in Raleigh, with murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Nelson is accused of stabbing three people in the 1100 block of Fairway Villas Drive in Wake Forest, where police were called at 7:34 p.m. according to a police spokesman. The victims were identified Wednesday as Suzanne Nelson, 44; Susan Carter, 66; and Terry Carter, 71.

A 911 caller told police one victim was stabbed in the heart with a knife and the suspect left in a vehicle.

All were taken to hospitals following the incident. Terry Carter died from his injuries afterward, police announced Wednesday. The conditions of the other victims were not released.

Police said they will not say what the relation is between the victims and suspect. WRAL reported that Suzanne Nelson is Rebecca Nelson’s wife, and that the Carters are Suzanne’s aunt and uncle.

After the stabbings, Rebecca Nelson entered the Popp Shoppe in Mebane covered in blood, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. Witnesses called 911 to report that Rebecca Nelson claimed she had been stabbed.

But a deputy who arrived on scene determined the blood wasn’t her own and that she was not injured. The sheriff’s office said Rebecca Nelson told the deputy that Wake Forest police were looking for her in connection to a domestic incident.

“The deputy developed concerns for the woman’s well-being,” a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. “The deputy called for an ambulance and rode with the woman to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.”

Nelson, 38, is being treated in a medical facility and will be arrested upon her release, the Wake Forest Police Department said.

Police said the stabbing didn’t seem to be a random act. Detectives are still investigating what happened.

Officials did not release additional details.