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Sheriff: No charges in Halifax home invasion

Posted October 7, 2009

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— The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office has determined that a home invasion last week was a case of self-defense.

Marcel Alston, of 5524 U.S. Highway 301, woke to a knock on the door last Friday to find Carlton L. Burgess, 61, of Lumberton, N.J. outside.

Investigators said Burgess followed Alston inside and shot him in the buttocks. Alston got his gun and shot Burgess in the chest, killing him.

Carolyn Burgess said that her husband had post-traumatic stress syndrome from military service in Vietnam and Desert Storm and that he had fixated on the belief that she had an affair with Alston.

In addition to a gunshot wound, Alston suffered a gash on the head. He was expected to be released from Halifax Regional Hospital by the end of the week.

Alston acknowledged his acquaintance with Burgess and said they hadn't seen each other in several years.

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  • ncsudan Oct 7, 2009

    iron-fist, that is what they said, try thinking about what you read before you spout off. Or do you require to be spoon fed each glaringly obvious fact you read.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 7, 2009

    "Sheriff: No charges in Halifax home invasion"

    I agree with that. But if the attacker hadn't died, he WOULD have been charged.

  • iron fist Oct 7, 2009

    The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office has determined that a home invasion last week was a case of self-defense.
    ??? Shouldn't the shooting have been self defense?