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Tift County woman charged with murder

August 13, 2007

Tifton -- A Tift County woman is in jail after deputies say she killed her boyfriend.

41-year-old Chuck Raburn died from an apparent knife wound early Saturday morning.

Everything is quiet at the home along Highway 125 South in Tift County, but early Saturday morning it was a crime scene.

It was at this residence where Tift County sheriff's deputies found 41-year-old Chuck Raburn dead from an apparent knife wound shortly after 3 AM Saturday.

Raburn's aunt, Charlotte Vanzant, says her nephew leaves behind two young daughters.

"They talk about their daddy very openly, and very fondly. Last week it was so hot, and he got to spend the whole week with them, which is such a blessing," said Vanzant.

Authorities arrested Raburn's girlfriend Carol Sue Hornbuckle, who according to police reports, lived with Rayburn at his Tift County home. She remains in the Tift County Jail charged with first degree murder.

According to members of the victim's family, there had been a history of violence between both Hornbuckle and Raburn. But they never anticipated that the incident that occurred here early Saturday morning would turn deadly.

"I was stunned. Very stunned. I was shocked," said Vanzant.

The Tift County Sheriff's Office, along with the GBI, are investigating the case that was originally dispatched as a domestic dispute call.

But with Raburn's family trying to make sense of how something like this could have happened, all Vanzant can do now is reflect on the nephew she knew and loved.

She said, "He was very loved. His family loved him very, very much. His children loved him. And he will be sorely missed."

Sadly, in the midst of this apparent deadly domestic situation, are two girls, ages 7 and 9, who will grow up without their father.

Authorities have not released any further details about the case.

Raburn's body was transported to the crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy. No word yet on those results.

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