A mother and daughter who were not seen since last Sunday night were found dead in a well, both stabbed to death by the woman’s estranged husband.
The bodies of Dawnn Ward, 40, and Taylor Carroll, 14, were found in a well in Williamston, North Carolina last Thursday, and an autopsy report shows Dawnn was stabbed once in the chest, and Taylor was stabbed multiple times in the chest.
The bodies were found about 10 miles away from their home just three days after they were reported missing.
Jeffrey Ward, 25, who is Dawnn’s estranged husband, was arrested and charged with killing the two and is being held without bond. His brother Jerrett Ward, 24, has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder, and is being held with a $1 million bond.
Authorities have not yet released a motive for the double homicide, but in September 2014, Dawnn obtained a domestic violence protective order against her husband.
In it she said after the couple had an argument Jeffrey Ward “grabbed me around my throat using his hands. He strangled me until I passed out.”
“I am afraid for my life, my children and my mother. He is dangerous,” the woman wrote in the court document. “He came out and threatened to burn my house and my mother’s house to kill us all,” Ward said.
The two brothers had their first court appearance on Monday and are currently being held at Bertie-Martin Regional Jail in Windsor.
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