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No bond for suspect in ex-girlfriend's kidnapping, murder

GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) -

The man accused of kidnapping and stabbing his ex-girlfriend earlier this week appeared in court Friday morning.

Aaron Compton, 49, of Granite Falls, is charged with murder, first degree kidnapping and first degree burglary.

Compton was given no bond for the murder charge and was given a court appointed attorney.

Compton is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Tabatha Heavner, of Catawba County.

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Investigators say he used a hunting knife to stab and force Heavner into his car.

When she tried to escape while driving down US 321 in Gaston County, Compton got out of the car and stabbed her several times before Heavner was fatally hit by a passing semi, deputies say.

In court on Friday, the family of Tabatha Heavner held up her photo as Compton was brought in.

The judge ordered them to put it down and take a seat.

"We don't know why these things happen. We can ask why all day long," Heavner's pastor Geary Walton said. "She had suffered with illness and stuff, but today she is in Heaven with our Lord. She has a full head of hair and a brand new body."

Compton is due back in court on Sept. 4.

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