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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Forsyth County judge approved a request by Forsyth County prosecutors to seek the death penalty against a Winston-Salem man accused of stabbing his girlfriend 39 times outside her house last year.

Ferjus Bernard Moore, 53, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cheryl Annise Bethea, 43, on Aug. 25, 2014. Authorities said that Bethea and Moore had dated for about three years and had been living together in her house at 305 Upton St., near Stratford Road.

Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said prosecutors sought the death penalty based on two aggravating circumstances — that Moore had previously been convicted of a violent felony and that the death was “especially heinous, atrocious and cruel.”

Read more: Winston-Salem Journal