Salem Murder Suspect in Court

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A 34-year-old man is being held in the Columbiana County Jail on $1 million bond for killing his girlfriend at her Salem home.

Mason Feisel, 34, of Salem and Afton Avenue in Boardman, entered no plea Thursday at his initial appearance in Columbiana County Municipal Court on a murder charge. Columbiana County Prosecutor Robert Herron said more charges are pending.

“We have an active, ongoing investigation. There have been leads developed that I can’t disclose,” Herron said.

Officials said Feisel confessed to killing Samantha Shasteen, 32, early Wednesday at her home at 2107 Oak St.

Columbiana County coroner officials said no obvious marking were found on Shasteen’s body. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s office performed an autopsy Thursday.

Investigators said they found Shasteen dead about 7 a.m. in the bathroom of her home. The state’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation crime scene unit helped investigate.

Police found Feisel hiding behind a tree in the backyard of the home. He was then taken to Salem Community Hospital for what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries, police said.

Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott said Feisel had several injuries to his arms and neck and was bloody when police arrived.

Shasteen, co-workers said, was a cake decorator at Clarencedale Cakes on South Avenue in Boardman. Employees there called Salem police when she failed to show up for work. They said they asked police to check on her welfare because it was unlike her to miss work or be late.

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