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Fri. 10:34am: Grand jury getting Salem murder case

June 14, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

LISBON - Following more than 30 minutes of testimony by a Salem police detective concerning the death of Samantha Shasteen, her boyfriend, Mason Feisel, 236 Afton Ave., Boardman, was bound over to the grand jury by county Municipal Court Judge Mark Frost on a murder charge.

Detective David Talbert testified that early on the morning of June 6, Shasteen's father, Gary Shasteen, had entered the garage of the home he owns on Oak Street and found Feisel sleeping with the garage doors down, a vehicle running and an orange hose and sock near the exhaust pipe.

Gary Shasteen had been asked by his wife to check on his daughter after she had not returned calls or text messages since the evening before. He found her in the bathroom on the first floor of the home and called police.

When Talbert arrived at 7:38 a.m. June 6 he found Samantha Shasteen lying in the bathtub, nude and cold to the touch, he testified Thursday. Rigor had begun setting in and there was a small amount of blood coming from the base of her skull and going toward the drain.

Feisel had run from the garage after Gary Shasteen discovered him, but he was found quickly by Salem Lt. Charles Shafer in the backyard of a neighbor's home. Police reportedly found him with what Talbert described as superficial cuts to his arms and attempting to cut his own throat with a shard of glass. He was ordered by police with Tasers drawn to come out of the wooded area and cooperated while taken into custody.

Talbert said he spoke to Feisel at Salem Community Hospital, where Feisel was being treated for the wounds on his arms. Feisel had reportedly described his relationship with Samantha Shasteen as "tumultuous" and he admitted to having a problem with anger, Talbert said.



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