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Murder suspect said he was shocked by victim's death

Posted February 10, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Wake County investigators arrested three men Tuesday – one who talked to WRAL News on Monday – in the shooting death of a man whose body was found in Knightdale.

A passer-by found the body of James Raymond Strazisar, 49, of 124 Pleasant Valley Circle, on the side of Massey Farm Road near the Country Hearth Inn in Knightdale Sunday night, authorities said.

Charles Wheless Knightdale murder suspect talked to media

Jason Randall Sledge, 31, of 3305 Leonard Road in Knightdale, and Charles Cameron Wheless, 51, of 920 Massey Farm Road in Knightdale, are charged with murder.

Charles Wheless and Sledge appeared in Wake County District Court Tuesday afternoon, where a judge ordered them to remain in jail without bond.

Melissa Warren Sledge, of 3305 Leonard Road in Knightdale, is charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder. Her bond was set at $250,000.

A third man, Gregory Collins Wheless, 54, of 129 Pleasant Valley Circle in Knightdale, is charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder. His bond was set at $200,000.

In an interview Monday with WRAL News, Charles Wheless said he was shocked to hear of his longtime friend's death. He said he and Strazisar were fishing buddies and co-workers, and that Strazisar had no enemies, he said.

"He was a good guy," he said. "Like I said (his shooting death) was just off the wall."

Charles Wheless also said that he thought Strazisar might have been on his way to or from a convenience store when he was killed.

"We don't know what happened," Charles Wheless said Monday. "It's just totally – it's too close to home for something like this to happen."

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Tuesday that while the arrest remains under investigation, it appears the shooting was the result of an argument and that more arrests are possible.


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  • souschef4u Feb 18, 2009

    Mr. Strazisar had NO criminal record in NC or any other state. If you make allegations about someone please back it up with proof. Otherwise, it is best not to say anything at all. The 3gilrsmomma allegations are based on ignorance and intolerance.

  • sexylicious19772007 Feb 11, 2009

    jus because someone has a "rap" sheet doesnt mean they have been to prison most of their lives or that they are a bad person. it jus means they made bad choices.

    3girlsmomma- im glad u clarified for "know it all ",that melissa and jason were husband and wife and NOT cousins.

    everyone acts like he is already found guilty. but none of yall really knows what led up to the whole thing. but none of that matters here. what matters is families have been destroyed. husbands, fathers cousins, sons, brothers, have all been lost. kids have lost parents. everybody makes mistakes and wrong choices so if any of you think ur perfect then maybe u should try to walk on water. you cant do it cuz ur not perfect and ur name is NOT Jesus!

  • 3GirlsMomma Feb 11, 2009

    OK - for all the "know-it-all's" out here - - Melissa and Jason are not COUSINS (souschef) - They are husband and wife!! Jason's WIFE hid the gun because that was her first instinct - I would do the same if it were my husband in this situation - if you would not, I hope you are not married!!! Melissa my have made a poor choice in a husband - but SHE IS NOT SLEAZY! She is a wonderful wife and mother to her 3 kids. And to add to your comment about James Raymond Strazisar-THAT IS THE NORTH CAROLINA OFFENDER SEARCH IDIOT - THAT DOES NOT MEAN HE IS CONT A CONVICT SOMEWHERE ELSE!

  • Topsail Girl Feb 11, 2009

    souschef4u, obviously you are a family member or friend of Jamie's. I'm sorry for you loss. I knew Jamie but did not know him all that well.

  • souschef4u Feb 11, 2009

    And to show how sleazy the Sledge family really is ...Melissa Sledge who lives at 3305 Leonard Road is under arrest too. An arrest warrant accuses Melissa Sledge of helping Jason Sledge hide weapons at the home. Her bail is set at $250,000. According to news reports Melissa and Jason relationship was unclear-they were cousins! Maybe sexylicious should get her facts clear before she disparages other people. Or maybe sexylicious is cut of the same cloth as her cousins.

  • souschef4u Feb 11, 2009

    Gregory Collins Wheless has been convicted of BREAKING & ENTERING in NC. Gregory is charged with accessory after the fact in the MURDER of Mr. Strazisar

  • souschef4u Feb 11, 2009

    Charles Cameron Wheless is another NC ex-con. He has been jailed for POSSESSING STOLEN GOODS, BREAKING & ENTERING, DWI LEVEL 1, DRIVING WITH A REVOKED LICENSE, COMMUNICATING THREATS, and DWI LEVEL 2. Wheless is another drunken lier and thief who has added MURDER to his acts.

  • souschef4u Feb 11, 2009

    Jason Randall Sledge is a thief and a lier. He has an extensive NC criminal record and is an ex-convict. His accomplishments include...LARCENY,MULTIPLE FORGERY CONVICTIONS,UNAUTHORIZED USE OF CONVEYANCE,CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON,and POSSESSING of STOLEN GOODS. Now he adds MURDER to his long rap sheet.

  • souschef4u Feb 11, 2009

    James Raymond Strazisar has no criminal record.
    He was an innocent man whose only mistake was to befriend the wrong people. If you would like to check the above facts, instead of believing Sledge’s friends and family, please go to this web site...http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/apps/offender/menu1

  • any1butcarolina0405 Feb 10, 2009

    i don't give a rats patooty about the men, what about the families they failed to think about when they did this. who actually thinks "gee if I kill this guy I can protect my wife and kids" sorry, knightdale isn't that big, the city police department easily could have helped them if there was a REAL threat.