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Man accused in father's stabbing death denied bond; 911 call describes frantic scene


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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