Surveillance video captured the fatal stabbing of a hemp store employee

SURF CITY, NC (WECT) – The fatal stabbing of a Surf City hemp store employee was captured on store surveillance video, newly filed court documents reveal.

Charles Michael Haywood, 22, is charged with first degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the murder of Margaret Bracey, 42, last month.

Bracey was the only Exotic Hemp Company employee when Haywood entered the store around 6:40 p.m. on August 24. Surveillance video recorded Haywood questioning Bracey about hemp products before pulling out a knife and demanding she open the cash register.

“Haywood removed the money from the ledger, then attacked Bracey with the knife, stabbing her repeatedly,” a Surf City detective wrote as probable cause for a search warrant. “As a result of the knife attack by Haywood, Bracey was killed.”

“Haywood cut his hand in the attack and was seen on video bleeding from his hand,” the document continues.

The video captured Haywood carrying away merchandise and cash – worth $750 according to an arrest warrant – which he put in his backpack. He then removed his sweatpants and bandana, which he left at the store before stepping out dressed in a shirt, boxer shorts and flip flops.

Investigators traced drops of blood to the intersection of NC Hwy 50 and Little Kinston Road, which later turned out to be just 700 feet from the house where he was staying with his mother.

Haywood’s mother apparently contacted the police after seeing a still from the surveillance video, which was shared with the media after the murder.

“[Haywood’s mother] brought Haywood to the Surf City Police Department where he was questioned and eventually arrested for first degree murder and armed robbery,” the court document states. “During the interviews [Haywood’s mother]she indicated that Haywood had come home with her shirt wrapped around her hand. [She] said Haywood entered the residence and showered. [She] said she checked on Haywood and found he had a laceration on his hand that required medical attention. [She] said Haywood put the shirt he had wrapped around his hand in a trash bag and put the trash bag in the outside trash can.

Investigators seized clothing Haywood was allegedly wearing during the incident, along with medical records and surveillance video from Onslow Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for his hand injury.

Haywood remains in jail without bail.