Man charged with murder in stabbing of girlfriend

Updated: Jul. 5, 2019 at 3:50 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A man wanted in the stabbing and killing a mother of two in east Charlotte on July 2 has been arrested.

Isaih Andrew Henderson III, 32, is charged with murder in the death of 35-year-old Aliyah Terry. Police say the two were in a relationship.

Terry was stabbed at a home on Gold Pan Road in east Charlotte.

Henderson, who was being sought as a person of interest in the case, reported Thursday to police headquarters, where he was interviewed and charged.

Phone records of 911 calls show 19 calls made from the address in the past year. Of those, 3 were for domestic violence, and another was for assault with a deadly weapon.

There were no domestic violence protective order records from court, meaning each time the police came out for an issue, charges were not pressed.

“It’s a hard decision to make to leave an intimate partner violent relationship,” said Tenille Banner with Safe Alliance.

Friends of Terry say she’d been thinking about leaving the relationship.

This police reports show someone from her home address called the police about a fight just hours before Terry was stabbed.

“There are so many tactics that abusive partners use that puts a detriment on mental status so it’s not as easy as just leaving," said Banner.

When police first got to the house around 10 p.m. the night of July 1, they were told a woman and her live-in boyfriend had gotten into an argument. The live-in boyfriend had already left the scene, and officers determined that no crime occurred in connection to that call.

About four hours after police responded to the call about the fight, they got another call about Terry being stabbed to death.

That news hit hard for Terry’s ex-husband, the father of her kids.

“Nothing but good things to say, that’s why she was my wife,” said Lucious Smith. “She was a good mother and just got into a bad relationship with somebody.”

“Domestic violence is all about power and control so if that perpetrator feels that control slipping that’s when you see the more serious cases,” said Banner. “We hope to be there for someone before it gets to that point.”

Tenille Banner from Safe Alliance says if you or someone you know is in a bad spot, like Terry, the Safe Alliance team is ready to help before it’s too late.

“I feel like domestic violence is an epidemic in our community and every life is special. Each individual is an important person that’s been lost so to wake up and hear this news it’s just awful,” said Banner.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective, or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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