Arrest made after Lou. mother found stabbed to death inside home


by Karma Dickerson

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 7:23 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A 23-year-old is stabbed to death in her home while her three young children slept.  The senseless crime marks Louisville’s 43rd homicide in 2013.

Jovon Dawson’s five siblings say everything about their sister's untimely death is unimaginable.

“We just haven't came to terms with it yet because it doesn't add up, it doesn't make any sense at all,” Marrina Dawson said.

Her young age, the three young kids she leaves behind, and the fact her accused killer is someone

they'd have never suspected, are all puzzling.

Nevertheless police say Michael Hayes, Dawson’s neighbor, went over to the 23-year-old's apartment Saturday night, Nov. 2. There was some sort of confrontation and Hayes stabbed the former nursing assistant to death while her three children slept.   According to investigators he took some of the young woman's property including a gun before returning to his own apartment.  No one found Dawson until Sunday morning.

“The 6-year-old daughter woke up, found her mother laying in the kitchen, large pool of blood, went over and got the neighbor, neighbor came in got the other two children out of the apartment,”  Lt. Todd Kessinger of LMPD said.

While interviewing neighbors, police noticed Hayes was acting nervous and odd and brought the 32-year-old in for questioning.  Police said he confessed to going to the apartment looking for drugs, not finding any and killing Dawson.

In putting together the time line of the events, police say the same day the suspect took a life he brought one into the world. Between the time Hayes allegedly killed Dawson and his arrest later that day, Hayes took his wife to the hospital where she gave birth.

Meanwhile Dawson’s family has come together to make sure the 6-year-old, 3-year-old, and 3-month-old, she left behind grow up with fond memories of their mother.

"She was so nice, like she would give you the shirt off her back. You needed somewhere to stay, you could stay with her. You was hungry, she'd cook you a meal. So for something to happen to a person like this, it's just a shame. It just don't make any sense," Marrina Dawson said.

Dawson’s siblings said the young mother didn’t have life insurance.  They’re accepting donations for the family and anyone who'd like to help out should call 502-294-2908.