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Nephew: Uncle's Slaying Was Self-Defense

A Siler City man was arrested Monday morning in connection with his uncle's death over the weekend, authorities said.

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Christopher Matthews
SILER CITY, N.C. — A Siler City man was arrested Monday morning in connection with his uncle's death over the weekend, authorities said.

Christopher N. Matthews, 35, of 131C Fletcher-Siler Road, was arrested at his home and charged with murder. He is being held in the Chatham County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Donald Louis Scotton, 53, of 175 Fletcher-Siler Road, was fatally shot Saturday nigh at Matthews' home, authorities said. Witnesses told investigators that Scotton and Matthews had an argument that escalated into gunfire.

Matthews ran into a wooded area near the home after the shooting, authorities said. Search dogs tracked him to nearby residences, but he had fled the scene by the time deputies arrived.

Authorities said Matthews provided a written statement after his arrest in which he said the shooting was a case of self-defense.

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