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Wake Forest man indicted in shooting deaths of 3 neighbors

Posted April 20, 2016

Jon Sander

— A 52-year-old man was indicted Wednesday on three counts of first-degree murder in the March shooting deaths of three people in their Wake Forest home.

Jon Sander, of 5917 Clearsprings Drive, is charged with the murder of Elaine Toby Mazzella, 76, Sandy Mazzella, 47, and Stephanie Ann Mazzella, 43, at a Wake Forest residence on the same street as his own.

In a search warrant released April 6, authorities said Sander told investigators he committed the crime. Authorities said the shooting might have stemmed from an earlier dispute between neighbors.

According to court records, Sandy Mazella and his wife, Stephanie, took out a no-contact order against Sander in February.

That same month, Sander was charged with communicating threats against the family. Sander threatened to "put them in a box," according to arrest warrants.

The order was lifted March 24, the day before authorities say Sander walked into the Mazzella home and started shooting.


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