Durham woman charged with murder was covered in blood of handicapped victim, warrant shows

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A warrant obtained in the murder of a handicapped man in Durham last month reveals a gruesome picture.

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Elena Khanberg, 54, was indicted in the death of 53-year-old Cedric Page after an incident on June 17, said Durham Police Department Public Information Officer Kammie Michael.

According to a request for a search warrant issued for an apartment located at 1598 Sedgefield Street, officers responded to an aggravated assault call at the apartment and found a disturbing scene.

When officers arrived at the apartment they noticed blood on the living room floor and saw Khanberg sitting in a chair in the living room with her hands covered in blood, according to the warrant. She told officers that Page was in the bathroom on the floor.

Officers entered the bathroom and saw Page lying on his left side. He was unconscious and a bloody kitchen knife was found in the room.

Khanberg told officers that Page had been on the bathroom floor for about 4 hours. A second knife with traces of blood on it was recovered in the shower, according to the warrant.

Based on the evidence, officers requested that a search warrant be issued.

One told CBS North Carolina that the two had a toxic relationship and those who knew the couple said Page, an Army veteran, wanted to help Khanberg, who had a drinking problem.

“They were yelling and fighting all the time. I was really scared for him because he can’t move, because he’s in a wheelchair. He’s handicapped. It was scary for me and I even told him not to do it, not to help her. He got mad at me,” said Paul Monn.

Khanberg had lived in the apartment with Page for a year.

Another neighbor said police wasted no time in arresting Khanberg.

“They would go into the house, I don’t know what they had seen, but they automatically put her in handcuffs, put her in the police car. EMS came, they were in there working on [Page] for a long time. They finally brought him out and rushed him off,” said Stanley Branch.

Khanberg was charged with felony assault on a handicapped person.

She was placed in Durham County Jail under a $200,000 bond and has remained in jail since that time.

Page died as a result of his injuries on June 25.

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