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Ex-boyfriend faces charges in fatal shooting

Posted December 29, 2008
Updated March 9, 2009

— Johnston County sheriff's investigators say a fatal shooting at a home near Clayton Sunday night was the result of a domestic dispute.

Deputies were called to a residence at 2760 Castleberry Road around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, where they found Richard Charlton, 35, dead.

Michael Sistler Domestic dispute leads to fatal shooting

Authorities said Charlton was at home with his girlfriend, Kristy Brown, 39, when her ex-boyfriend, Michael Sistler, stormed into the house with a gun.

Charlton and Sistler both exchanged gunfire. Charlton died at the scene; Sistler was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh, where he was in fair condition Monday evening. Investigators are not sure who fired shots first.

Sistler, 40, of 1001 Wendell Road, Wendell, faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree burglary.


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  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 31, 2008

    He should not have been there. Give him LIFE IN PRISON. I am glad you on board here will not be on the jury.

  • workingforthosethatwont Dec 29, 2008

    Phrostbite I understand and agree with you on cases where the identity of the killer is in question. But on other cases where the identity is not an issue...I say go ahead with it. Stop dragging it out for years and get it over with.

  • scarletindurham Dec 29, 2008

    All for a woman? Pitiful! - ncguy

    wars have been waged for much siller things.

  • tinahinnant Dec 29, 2008

    This story is very sad and upsetting especially if you know the person involved and know what kind of person he is deep down..that is why I say this is a perfect example of what drugs do to you. He will face the consequences of his actions..I just wish he would have opened his eyes a long time ago.

  • heather819062 Dec 29, 2008

    I live on this road, a little more towards Hwy. 42, but I drive past this house 4 or five times a day. I went by there this morning around 4 am (on my way to work) and all I saw was crime scene tape and blue lights. I called my husband (he was not happy about being woken up) and told him to check on all of our stuff and to ensure that everything was locked up tight before he left. It is very scary when something happens this close to your home. Imagine if there had been children in the house or even if a neighborhood child had been out playing hide and go seek (it is christmas vacation and very warm outside). I know that my son was outside up until 9 pm last night. It is very sad and very scary.

  • teacher-mom Dec 29, 2008

    If someone does not want to be with you, you need to let that person go. You cannot fight everyone. People leave. The person who was left can find someone else if he/she wants to. It is not worth dying or going to prison for the rest of your life.

  • CLR Dec 29, 2008

    OMG, I know him. He's best buds with somebody I know. I called a friend and got some inside scoop but it doesn't matter. He should have let it go.

  • Bob3425 Dec 29, 2008

    ncguy -- couldn't agree with you more. Some guys and girls need to move on, when it over it over.

    Sofar someone breaking into another person house, the owner has every right to use deadly force. I beleive that someone who enter your house when your home has but one intend that is to kill.

  • find_the_facts Dec 29, 2008

    Drugs ??? Where did that come from ? If the guy was on drugs, doesn't make any difference. Someone else paid a price for his freewill to do them..

  • ncguy Dec 29, 2008

    All for a woman? Pitiful!