Smith said it all started at about 4 a.m. Thursday, when she and her husband heard someone in their home at Kelly Park Apartments on Shipman Road in Havelock. When her husband went to check it out, he found the uninvited Whitney in the shower, Smith told NewsChannel 12.
Police said Smith's husband and Whitney then got into an argument, before Smith's husband stabbed Whitney. Smith then called 911.
"[I] was scared really because [Whitney] was in a rage. He was always telling him and other people he was going to kill us," Smith said.
Police said Whitney left the apartment after he was stabbed. But officers were able to eventually find him by following a blood trail to the area of the Eastwood Apartment Complex. Police said Whitley was still alive but unresponsive. He later died at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, according to investigators.
Smith said her family had known Whitney for a long time. In fact, Whitney was the father to Smith and her husband's soon-to-be 3-year-old granddaughter.
"I knew [Whitney] for several years because of my daughter-- both of them have a little daughter together," Smith said.
Smith added that despite her husband stabbing Whitney, both of them are very sorry Whitney is dead.
Police said Smith's husband is currently not facing charges, but the investigation is ongoing.
NewsChannel 12 also talked with a friend of Whitney.
"I mean, I had nothing against him. He was a good person," said Demetre Frazier. "[But] his mind, you know, his mind wasn't probably all the way there."
Police said a Craven County man stabbed a home intruder, who later died.
According to Havelock Police, officials received a 911 call at about 4 a.m. Thursday from a resident at Kelly Park Apartments on Shipman Road. The call was about an intruder inside the apartment unit.
Investigators said the caller's husband was then involved in a confrontation with the home intruder, identified as 37-year-old Ralph Edward Whitney. The husband stabbed Whitney, who left the scene when officers arrived, police said.
Officers were able to eventually find Whitney by following a blood trail to the area of the Eastwood Apartment Complex. Police said Whitley was still alive but unresponsive.
Paramedics took Whitney to CarolinaEast Medical Center. He was later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he died, according to investigators.
Police said they are working with the District Attorney’s Office to decide whether charges will be filed. Investigators said they have interviewed witnesses, collected evidence, and are making progress in the case.
No other details were released.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Havelock Police Department at 252-447-3212. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Police Tip Line at 252-463-7115, or go to www.havelocknc.us, then select 'Police' and 'Tips.'