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Ex-husband charged with murder in Franklin County slaying

Posted December 22, 2006
Updated September 17, 2008

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— Authorities on Friday arraigned on a murder charge the ex-husband of a woman whose body was found in an abandoned car two weeks ago.

Robert Pastuer is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Narskelsky Angelean Pastuer, 52, of Zebulon.

Authorities say Robert Pastuer violated a court order to stay away from his estranged wife. It's the second murder in Franklin County within a year where a domestic violence protection order failed to work.

"Her husband had made numerous threats to people ... that he was going to kill her. It is our contention that he did exactly that," said Franklin Sheriff Pat Green. Pastuer was ordered held without bail.

The body of the Zebulon woman was found in the trunk of her car off U.S. Highway 1 near Franklinton on Dec. 7. Two men searching for scrap iron found the abandoned Toyota Camry on a wooded path.

Narskelsky Pastuer, who had been reported missing on Nov. 8 by her daughter, had been stabbed several times, authorities said.

"We were very close. We called each other every day and she never called me back. I just new something was wrong," said Melissa Battle, Pastuer's daughter.

Authorities interviewed Robert Pastuer immediately after his ex-wife's body had been found, and they called him a "person of interest" in the investigation.

Before her disappearance, Narskelsky Pastuer took out a domestic-violence protection order against her ex-husband, authorities said.

Authorities also said a "significant" amount of money was withdrawn from the woman's bank account with an ATM card after she disappeared. They said a security camera captured the withdrawal, but the person using the card was disguised.

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  • realtor5283 Feb 3, 2007

    I often read out of state news about North Carolina. When I read this story I began shaking. This is a classic example of why this country needs the DEATH PENALTY. I am sick and tired of liberal minded people arguing that, there are innocent people on death row, the state does not have the right to take a life. What about the victims rights? This man had absolutely no right, and I mean, NO RIGHT!!! to harm this woman. I hope his lover in prison catches him with another inmate.

  • anthonywhitaker Dec 22, 2006

    REVALATIONS 12:12, SAY NO MORE.

  • vaporlock1 Dec 22, 2006

    Well, the woman is Lee Co. had an ACTIVE DV order in place at the time of the kidnapping (please read the news link a bit closer). DO NOT fall into the trap that an issued piece of paper will keep an act from being committed against someone. because it will not. Sadly, there is really not much a person can do when another person set his/her mind on committing harm on someone.

  • vaporlock1 Dec 22, 2006

    Well, the woman is Lee Co. had an ACTIVE DV order in place at the time of the kidnapping (please read the news link a bit closer). DO NOT fall into the trap that an issued piece of paper will keep an act from being committed against someone. because it will not. Sadly, there is really not much a person can do when another person set his/her mind on committing harm on someone.

  • sfaircl1 Dec 22, 2006

    See this right here is a perfect example that the lady in Lee county needs to see. She was killed by her ex just after taking out a domestic-violence protection order, is that what she is waiting on? She can't do anything about after she is dead!

  • sfaircl1 Dec 22, 2006

    See this right here is a perfect example that the lady in Lee county needs to see. She was killed by her ex just after taking out a domestic-violence protection order, is that what she is waiting on? She can't do anything about after she is dead!