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Wake Forest man accused of murdering wife makes first court appearance in NC

Posted November 19, 2015 12:56 p.m. EST
Updated April 15, 2016 9:58 a.m. EDT

Lanson Paul Stalf

— A Wake Forest man wanted for the murder of his wife made his first court appearance in North Carolina Thursday afternoon, nearly three weeks after he was captured by authorities in Mississippi.

Lanson Paul Stalf was being held in Raleigh's Central Prison. He is charged with first-degree murder in his wife's death, robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony breaking and entering, and a parole violation.

Stalf had been out of prison for less than a month when Stephanie Lynn Autry was found dead inside her Wake Forest home on Oct. 27.

Autry lived in the home at 4411 Iyar Way with her 3-year-old son, and police said they believe that Stalf is the father of the child.

According to a search warrant, Autry was found with a plastic bag over her head and a blanket covering her body. A hammer and a sweatshirt that appeared to have bloodstains on it were found near the bathroom.

Following Autry’s death, a nationwide search went on for Stalf, who had recently been released from prison after serving a sentence for a 2013 robbery at a PNC Bank in Wake Forest. Stalf was captured on Oct. 30 in Batesville, Miss., after he checked into a hotel using his real name.