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Sheriff: No charges in Halifax home invasion

Posted October 7, 2009 11:44 a.m. EDT

— 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.