Media File Motion to Unseal Records for Faith Hedgepeth’s Homicide

Jenny Surane, Daily Tar Heel, March 5, 2014

It’s like clockwork.

Every 60 days, Durham County District Attorney Leon Stanback asks to have the records associated with Faith Hedgepeth’s case resealed.

And every 60 days, the public is denied another chance at knowing just what happened in the last few hours of Faith Hedgepeth’s life.

Faith Hedgepeth was a UNC junior when she was found dead in her off-campus apartment. Three days after her death, a Durham County Superior Court judge sealed multiple search warrants and a 911 call associated with Hedgepeth’s case.

On Monday, The Daily Tar Heel, Capital Broadcasting Company, Inc. and the News and Observer Publishing Company filed a motion asking the court to vacate its sealing orders.

“The information sought . . . has been effectively under seal for nearly 18 months via a series of orders extending the duration of the sealing orders without notice or hearing,” the motion said.


In the motion, the media companies argue the courts failed to give a written motion outlining the compelling government interests that justify keeping the records sealed, which is required under North Carolina Public Records Law and the North Carolina constitution.


“Any urgency associated with the documents has passed,” said Frank LoMonte, the executive director of the Student Press Law Center. “If police were in hot pursuit of a fleeing suspect, then they could justify sealing the records. But if the chase is on hold or completed then a seal has outlived its usefulness.”


“We haven’t pushed hard for the records to be unsealed,” said Roland Hedgepeth, Faith Hedgepeth’s father who has maintained close contact with Chapel Hill Police throughout the investigation. “Chapel Hill P.D. have assured us over and over it’s necessary for them to be sealed.”

The fate of the records are scheduled to be heard again this month.

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  • Pro_Whitey

    She looks a bit on the dark side. Question: should I care? Does anyone know more than what’s in the story as to why the records would be sealed? Sounds more like someone with connections than your average black.

    • BonV.Vant

      a mixed race individual ,….. don’t care

    • Katherine McChesney

      She’s American Indian.

      • APaige

        The bull (or buffalo) must have jumped the fence for her to get that ‘kinky’ hair.

        • MBlanc46

          I imagine that Amerinds get perms too.

        • dean53

          I’m blue-eyed, blond-haired, English & Scottish heritage. My long hair is naturally wavy, coarse & very BUSHY. I can hot-iron it to make it look straight and sleek, but it’s not naturally that way. Anyways, this girl is definitely WHITE when compared to any African. All blacks would consider her white, too.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Until I’m told otherwise, I’m going to go out on a limb and say here is your suspect right here. You democrats and members of the NAACP are very free to prove me wrong.

    • Martel

      It does save a lot of paper when you can use the same description over and over again.

    • Spartacus

      The truth is always racist .

    • 1stworlder

      The lips are too small.

  • 2eRep

    No doubt sealed in order to protect some aspiring rapper.

    • So CAL Snowman

      More likely a member of the basketball team.

      • r j p

        Nothing to see here people, just a rape gone “bad”.

      • MBlanc46

        That’s certainly a possibility. Despite widespread Negro worship, cops still routinely arrest blacks and the media report those arrests. There has to be something special about this case.

        • BillMillerTime

          Statistics compiled by the US Department of Justice [sic] Bureau of Justice Statistics show that blacks are being arrested at rates commensurate with their levels of criminal activity. We all know that blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery. (The Color of Crime, New Century Foundation) but you simply do not see these “hate facts” published in any major media outlet, not even FOX.

        • joesphx

          I vote for Mr. Snowman’s theory, a member of the basketball team or perhaps a son of a prominent politician.

        • It may be different where you are, but every place I’ve lived the media only report the race of perpetrators if they are white.

          • MBlanc46

            They don’t mention race in the text, but there’s often a picture of the perp, and just giving the name is often enough to deduce the race–and surely the editors know that if they say that his name is Dantrell they’ve said he’s black. Oftentimes, just giving the location of the crime is all that you need to know the race of the victim and the perp.

      • Some Guy

        Mr. So Cal Snowman is probably right, or a football player. We wouldn’t want a little thing like rape to stop him from playing professional sports now would we?

    • 1stworlder

      You have an extra P in the spelling.

  • ncpride

    This stinks from top to bottom. I can only assume blacks are involved, being a protected class and all. The father says they haven’t ‘pushed’ to have records unsealed……makes me wonder if he has any inkling at all as to HOW his daughter was murdered? Not a chance I’d stand by with only ‘assurances’ from the PD.

    • Diana Moon Glampers

      Especially in Chapel Hill. Lefty lib central.

  • Redskin with a roommate with a violent rapper ex-boyfriend. Would like to see the killer executed, so there’s one less rapper in the world.

    From the original story:

    She was working on a project about the history of her tribe — the Haliwa-Saponi tribe of Warren County…. that night, Hedgepeth and Rosario went to The Thrill — a popular dance club on East Rosemary Street — where they met up with two men who lived in the same apartment complex.

    One was a rapper, and the other was the cousin of Takoy Jones — Rosario’s ex-boyfriend.

    Rosario had filed a restraining order in Durham County court against Jones on July 11, citing multiple violent encounters. Hedgepeth drove her to the courthouse to take out the restraining order.

  • Luca

    Her roommate was a black-hispanic, with a black boyfriend who was known to have a violent temper. (surprise, surprise)

    Because she is of Native-American heritage you would think her family would have warned her about which wild animals to avoid.

    • Alexandra1973

      You’d think.

      I have some Amerind ancestry through my mother. All she wants to talk about is how badly Amerinds were treated by Whitey. Never mind that she’s predominantly White herself.

      On the other hand, Amerinds don’t like working with blacks.

      • IstvanIN

        Because the Indians will end up doing all the work.

      • r j p

        No other races like working with blacks.
        Except for the talented 1%, they are lazy.

    • joesphx

      Sadly the public school system works overtime to destroy any warning from parents as “rayciss” resulting in so many white girls/women that are physically assaulted or make the trip to the morgue for their mudsharkin’.

  • dd121

    The key points of the article are missing. How does keeping the records sealed advance the resolution of the case and why do we care?

    • IstvanIN

      Thank you, I couldn’t figure out what was going on here.

  • It’s not the first and not the last case of black criminals on campus getting away. Schools will do anything to protect their minority students.

  • David Ashton

    You may or may not be interested in the present front-page media splash in Britain attacking the Metropolitan Police for the way they allegedly handled the murder of black youth (Saint) Stephen Lawrence. Curiously this uproar coincides with the current trial of a black suspect in the murder by mutilation of Constable Blakelock in black riots some years previously. The atrocious murders of young whites (and unpopular blacks) by blacks and Asians in our richly and diversely vibrating cities scarcely ever reach the notice of the public.

    • joesphx

      By Asians you mean Pakis, right? We think of Asians in America as Chinese, Koreans, etc. Isn’t it true that London is almost majority non-white? Is that the same for other cities in England?

  • jackryanvb

    Hire PI or learn basic PI skills from a book. Hang around elite Universities, note the Whiter gals that have dangerous “relationships” with Black men, finesse the race issue just a bit, but contact the parents with documented proof that their daughter is having dangerous “relations” with potentially violent men. All Black men are potentially violent.

  • Sloppo

    I believe the imaginary Duke Lacrosse team rape incident was the most heavily covered rape incident ever. I’m pretty sure that it received more coverage than all the 30,000+ REAL black-on-white sexual assaults which happened during the same year.

  • joesphx

    Our state university in town sits on the edges of two large black regions, north and south. The eastern portion is in a white area. Guess where the rapes, robberies and assaults occur? A few years back the campus installed panic lights, blue lights that when set off by the victim bring the police. So when the whites are raped and robbed, they can conveniently call the campus police as they would have been relieved of their cell phone. The black campus police chief is careful not to tell the little white kids at orientation that it is the black gangs wilding through the campus.

  • At the colleges I’ve attended, all rape cases were treated as “campus acquaintance” rape until the perp was discovered to be a negro townie, at which point media coverage instantly ceased.

  • I call them curry-n-words.

  • neshobanakni

    Saponi – unrecognized Carolina bunch? I apologize for accidentally voting you down.