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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is in jail without bond after allegedly stabbing his father to death last night. Corey Eugene Roberts, 20, is charged with first-degree murder.

A frantic 911 call from the Roberts family’s home began with the caller saying a man was trying to kill himself. It ended with desperate cries for an ambulance.

“It is still happening,” the female caller said. “He is trying to kill himself. I need an ambulance now.”

Wilmington Police arrived at 503 Knighthawk Drive around 6:45 p.m. Thursday after the 911 call.

“He is trying to stab himself,” said the caller, who then told the operator Roberts had a knife.

According to the caller, Roberts was trying to hurt himself. The caller then describes the situation taking a violent turn.

“He is African-American. He is not very tall, about 5’7″. He has kind of, like it is not an afro, but it is sort of… I think he stabbed my dad. I think he stabbed my dad!” the caller said. “Get an ambulance here now!”

Officers found Corey Roberts outside his home with a knife they believe he used to stab his father, Christopher Eugene Roberts, 52. Officers arrested Corey Roberts at the scene. His father was rushed to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Corey Roberts was in court Friday morning. When the judge asked him if he had anything to say, Roberts said, “Sorry,” and began crying.

Neighbors, who did not want to go on camera, say they are in shock. They say they live in a neighborhood where everyone knows one another, and the Robertses always seemed like a happy family.

Roberts is in the New Hanover County Jail without bond. He was appointed a death-penalty certified public defender.

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55 Comments on "Man accused in father’s stabbing death denied bond; 911 call describes frantic scene"

2015 years 8 months ago

Wow, the 911 lady should lose her job. She wouldn’t send an ambulance for a good 2 min, there was no need for her ignorance. they could have been there before the stabbing or just as it happened and saved his life. She should be blamed for something here. That just isn’t right.

2015 years 8 months ago

I went to middle school and high school with Corey. Everytine I saw him he always had a smile on his face and had a positive attitude. He is not the type of person that did something like this on purpose. It was a suicide attempt that got out of control and an innocent person was killed. But before u bash Corey you need to understand what he was going through to get to the point that he wanted to kill himself. And I know he didn’t mean to kill his father. They were a happy family. And as for all you people that concerned with your safety i dont know what to tell u because you sound very ignorant, not knowing the circumstances of this situation. Corey is not and never has been a criminal and most of you are judging him on the color of his skin. And I am a young white woman. My prayers and wishes go out to the Roberts family. This is an unbelievable ordeal. Because not one but two people are being taken from this family. And I think that the ignorance in these comments is ridiculous.

2015 years 8 months ago

Its definitely a possibility but I think 1st degree murder is a stretch. I’d say this is 2nd degree honestly, but then again we are not aware of all the information relating to this sad, and unfortunate tragedy. Only time will tell. My deepest sympathies are with the Roberts family, they will be in my thoughts and prayers. From the corey I knew, he was a genuine, nice, very intelligent, all around good kid…

2015 years 8 months ago

I was shocked to hear the 911 tape played on the news for several reasons; however, it is quite disturbing to hear how the 911 Operator spoke to the young lady making the call.


It was good to read earlier today disciplinary action is being considered.

The family needs prayer and privacy at this time.

craig sparks
2015 years 8 months ago

very very sad/ This kid (only 20) had a bright future and now is looking at central prison in Raleigh. Central is one exit past NCSU (my alma mater). “the kid” deserves every ounce of consideration. Based on reports he is remorseful. He cried at the first appearance and those were real tears. Tonight as you go to bed think of this young kid and think about how much he cannot eat,sleep or even think about his dad. You are in my prayers to night sir. I hope I am right.


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