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Man Sought in Uncle's Fatal Shooting

Posted February 4, 2007

— Authorities are searching for a Siler City man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of his uncle.

Chatham County sheriff’s officials said Donald Louis Scotton, 53, of 175 Fletcher Siler Road, was shot to death around 8 p.m. Saturday at the residence of his nephew, Christopher Matthews, 35.

Witnesses told investigators that Scotton and Matthews had a verbal altercation that escalated and led to the shootings. Deputies said they believe Matthews may have been stabbed at some point during the scuffle.

Matthews ran into a wooded area near the home after the shooting, witnesses told investigators. Search dogs tracked him to nearby residences, but he had fled the scene by the time officers arrived.

Investigators found shell casings and several knives at Matthews’ home, but didn’t find a gun. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the altercation, investigators said.

Matthews is believed to still be in the Siler City area, authorities said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department at 919-542-2811.

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  • mslisac363 Feb 5, 2007

    It is time to build more jails! People just don't give a second thought about killing someone today. Seems as if we have lost the value of life. People just have so much anger within in themselves and it needs to stop.

  • Kilroywashere Feb 5, 2007

    hahaha! You want the comment section gone, but you're commenting??? hrattel-next time you find yourself typing a comment against your will please take your keyboard off of CAPS-LOCK! Thanks.

  • spiritwarriorwoman Feb 5, 2007

    hrattel -
    Then I don't understand why you're reading and posting here? You can always just read the story without moving on to the comment section?
    God bless.
    Rev. RB

  • spiritwarriorwoman Feb 5, 2007

    mypuckytaz -
    You don't know that, and to make conjectures like this of a man who is now dead, is shameful and unintelligent.
    We should, instead, be praying for the loved ones of both of these men, and we should be praying for those inflicted with alcohol abuse.
    Praying for compassion and intelligence.
    God bless.
    Rev. RB

  • finallysingle Feb 5, 2007

    It's funny people want wral to end the comment sections,BUT,those very same whinners are the one's still reading and posting...go figure!

  • mchlpickle Feb 5, 2007

    hrattel don't read it how hard is this to understand. THANKS WRAL FOR GIVING US A PLACE TO EXPRESS OUR VEIWS. I just wich our local stations here in the eastern part of the stste would do the same. Once again thanks

  • mypuckytaz Feb 5, 2007

    Take a look at the two. The uncle looks like a drunken bum and the nephew a respectful citizen. If someone came over to my residence and stabbed me, you can believe I would retaliate ... that is only human nature. The Bible states ... one sin is no worse than the other ... so the uncle was just as much at wrong as his nephew. God bless the family and victims in this story. I too as a North Carolinian wish WRAL would take the comment section off their site.

  • tucanus Feb 5, 2007

    I agree with hrattel! It is an embarrassment to have to read some of the drivel and venom some of you have to express. Hate is hate and prejudice is prejudice. Keep it to yourself!

    I feel sorry for this family and the ALLEGED perpetrator.

  • froglevelpocosin Feb 4, 2007

    HRATTEL.....you don't have to read the comments. It's called free speech.....get used to it.

    P.S. I agree...they need to catch this irresponsible freak and prosecute him to full extent of the law....up to and including the death penalty.

  • BRUCEY BABY Feb 4, 2007