Darryl Hunt domestic violence hearing continued

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — An attorney representing Darryl Hunt appeared in court today after Hunt's wife filed a protective order against him.

The judge continued the case for 30 days.

April Hunt filed a 50-B restraining order at the Forsyth County Hall of Justice Friday following an incident at her house.

A judge told Darryl and April to stay away from each until they have to appear in court.

According to court documents, April Hunt wrote, “[Darryl] tried to go into my shed out back then he pushed his way into my house screaming, ‘who in the hell is in here!!!’ I tried to stop him, by pulling him, then he pushed me. We skuffle [sic] a moment. I hit him to stop him. He pushed me down again. Once I was down again, he left. He has been out of the house since May of this year.”

Winston-Salem police were called out to the home after the incident, but no charges were filed.

Hunt spent nearly 19 years in prison after he was convicted twice of fatally stabbing Deborah Sykes, a copy editor at The Sentinel, an afternoon newspaper in Winston-Salem that closed in 1985.

In December 2003, Hunt was released from prison after DNA evidence led police to Williard Brown, who confessed that he killed Sykes. Hunt was exonerated in 2004, and Brown pleaded guilty to Sykes’ murder.

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