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Nephew: Uncle's Slaying Was Self-Defense

Posted February 5, 2007
Updated April 24, 2008

— A Siler City man was arrested Monday morning in connection with his uncle's death over the weekend, authorities said.

Christopher N. Matthews, 35, of 131C Fletcher-Siler Road, was arrested at his home and charged with murder. He is being held in the Chatham County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Donald Louis Scotton, 53, of 175 Fletcher-Siler Road, was fatally shot Saturday nigh at Matthews' home, authorities said. Witnesses told investigators that Scotton and Matthews had an argument that escalated into gunfire.

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

Authorities said Matthews provided a written statement after his arrest in which he said the shooting was a case of self-defense.


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  • katgoesloco Feb 6, 2007

    The bigotry expressed here is disgusting. I don't see anyone pointing out that the man just arrested for raping his step-children is white.

  • smoothtip99 Feb 6, 2007

    what bigotry...did not notice any bigotry

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Feb 6, 2007

    Vickiej40...your bigotry is getting on my nerves!

  • finallysingle Feb 6, 2007

    sfarrell16,Yeppers,It didn't go unnoticed.

  • norwinfischer Feb 6, 2007

    Armogidas...I believe there was a knife/stabbing involved in this story originally. I think the shooting suspect may have been stabbed by his uncle and he shot him in self-defense. (Should have just shot him in the leg or something first to get him to stop, then if he kept coming at him with the knife it would have truly been self-defense.) But this is all just specutlation. None of us were there. It is sad that it had to end like it did.

  • k2u65 Feb 5, 2007

    to rickey_bobbie why dont you speak english if you're trying to make a point about something that isnt nothing but crap by the way.my prayers go out to the family of these two men.

  • ++2A-Shall Not Be Infringed++ Feb 5, 2007

    whats up yall, tell me somthin i dont know?
    im up'ar thinkin that when yall are sayin its typical, yall are meanin that its typical that the person tryin to help out is always the person that gets hurt. but i think im ahearin somthin different from yall. are yall sayin that typical means black? cause i aint never herd it put like that

  • miss.lady252 Feb 5, 2007

    Why doesnt everyone act like adults instead of children? Or are you all children?

  • saywhaaaaat Feb 5, 2007

    I KNOW THAT'S RIGHT pheobe015!!!lol ok kids put away "YOUR" sharpe objects!!! ...........keep it coming......

  • Toni Feb 5, 2007

    It's getting hot in this forum