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Domestic Dispute Over Possible Love Triangle Leaves One Man Severely Injured

Posted June 7, 2005 4:19 a.m. EDT

— Wake County investigators believe a possible love triangle prompted a violent crime at a home in Zebulon early Monday morning that left one man severely injured and sent another one to jail.

Zebulon police believe Nicholas Patelos, 45, beat, kicked and burned 42-year-old Christopher Newton in a possible fight over another man. The two lived together and were in a romantic relationship.

Police said Newton was on the floor, severely beaten and burned for 14 hours before a friend found him Monday afternoon at about 5 p.m. and called 911.

"I have no doubt if this victim was allowed to lie there much longer, he probably would have been dead when we got there," said Zebulon Police Chief Tim Hayworth.

Police believe Patelos got up and went to work Monday as if nothing had happened.

"It is unusual in a circumstance to have this violent of a beating and this violent of an assault and then for the suspect to remain in the house and seemingly casually get up and get dressed and go to work the next day, leaving the person in that state in the house," Hayworth said.

Neighbors said they are upset and shocked about what happened.

"They were very nice neighbors," said Jim Powers. "We were on very cordial relations, visiting back and forth, housewarmings and that sort of thing. We had no problems at all."

Newton is listed in fair condition at WakeMed.

Patelos is charged with attempted first-degree murder and is being held at the Wake County Jail without bond. Court records show that Patelos has two DWI convictions, but nothing that would suggest violent behavior.