Boardman man is indicted in slaying

LISBON – A Boardman man has been indicted on charges he killed his ex-girlfriend last month in her Salem home.

Mason M. Feisel, 34, Afton Avenue, Boardman, is charged in the death of his former girlfriend Samantha Shasteen, who was found early in the morning on June 5 in her bathtub with visible head trauma. An autopsy conducted in Summit County would later reveal the cause of death to be manual strangulation.

After Shasteen’s body was discovered by her father, Feisel fled the garage, where he had reportedly been sleeping with the doors down, the vehicle running and a hose and sock lying next to the exhaust.

He soon was found by police hiding in the bushes and trees in a neighboring yard. When he was located, Feisel had reportedly been cutting his arms with a piece of glass. He had told police he wanted to harm himself but refused to cooperate much in the investigation about what had happened to Shasteen.

Detective David Talbert of the Salem police testified during a preliminary hearing on June 13 in Columbiana County Municipal Court that Feisel did admit to police he has problems with his temper and even compared himself to the Incredible Hulk.

Feisel and Shasteen had met at culinary school and reportedly had an on-again-off-again relationship for several years. They had a 4-year-old daughter together. There had been some information provided to police by Shasteen’s family that showed she had been planning to permanently break it off with Feisel and meet another man on the evening before her body was found.

Johnson is a staff writer for the Lisbon Morning Journal.