February 19, 2013

Dawn Kavanaugh - Teacher Of The Year - Jailed After Stabbing Boyfriend To Death

Mooresville, North Carolina (The Weekly Vice) - Dawn Kavanaugh, a 42-year-old Lakeshore Middle School "teacher of the year," was jailed Sunday after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death in their home.

According to Mooresville police, officers were dispatched to the couple's residence around 6 p.m. after neighbors called to report that a man had been stabbed.

Emergency responders arrived on the scene to find the victim, identified as Ronald Ketchum, bleeding to death on his front lawn. He was rushed to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, then transferred to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators say Kavanaugh and the victim were in the midst of an argument when she allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed him.

Several neighbors stood by and watched the man as he writhed in pain. The neighbor who contacted police noted that other witnesses thought the victim was drunk despite the fact that he was bleeding and begged them to call police.

Kavanaugh, who has worked for the school district for more than 8 years, is one of 10 Lakeshore educators who have received the "Lakeshore Lakers Life Saver Award." She was also voted "teacher of the year" for the current school year.

Kavanaugh was booked into jail and charged with first-degree murder. She has been suspended from the school WITH pay while the investigation continues.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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