Granite Falls man sentenced to life for murder

He was convicted of kidnapping, stabbing woman
Apr. 09, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

A Granite Falls man was convicted Monday in Catawba County of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole for his role in the death of a Newton woman in 2013.

Aaron Obdee Compton Jr., 50, who lived on Sunset Street was also convicted of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Compton was accused going to the Walmart in Granite Falls on the morning of Aug. 14, 2013, buying a knife and then driving to the Rocky Ford Road home of Tabatha Spake Heavner, 40, around 4:30 a.m., breaking out a window and kidnapping Heavner. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said Compton stabbed Heavner and forced her into the passenger side of her vehicle, which Compton drove south down U.S. 321. As the vehicle crossed into Gaston County, Heavner jumped out. Compton stopped the vehicle, got out and stabbed Heavner several more times. As Heavner jumped a guardrail to get away, she was struck by a tractor-trailer and killed.

Prosecutors say Compton got back into Heavner’s vehicle and drove back to Catawba County, where he called 911 and was told to stop at a Walgreen’s on N.C. 150 in Denver to wait for deputies. He was arrested around 6:45 a.m.

Compton and Heavner had dated off and on, and had lived together for a time.

Compton was convicted in Caldwell County in 1994 of second-degree rape, and in 1987 of assault on a female.