LISBON - Mason M. Feisel, 34, of Boardman, was arraigned in court on murder charges in connection with the June 5 strangulation of his former girlfriend, Samantha Shasteen, in Salem. A county public defender was appointed to represent him.
According to the affidavit filed at Municipal Court by Detective David Talbert of the Salem Police Department, Shasteen's father discovered both Feisel and his daughter's body inside the locked residence. Feisel and Shasteen had been involved in a failing relationship.
The court documents said police found Shasteen dead with visible head trauma. Feisel was found hiding in the bushes and trees of a neighboring yard, where he had fled after Shasteen's father found him.
According to court documents, Feisel told police he was with Shasteen from the previous evening until the time she was found, but declined to provide any information regarding her death. Additionally, he indicated he intended to harm himself.
Herron said Feisel was found relatively quickly after police were called by Shasteen's father. Feisel was treated at Salem Community Hospital for his injuries and he was taken to the county jail. Additional help was called to the scene which included some members of the county's Homicide Task Force.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Information and Investigation processed the crime scene on Oak Street and along with other investigators canvassed the neighborhood, looking for evidence and speaking to neighbors. Herron said neighbors did not report hearing an argument between the couple.
Shasteen and Feisel's 4-year-old daughter was at her grandparents' home during the night her mother's death occurred, according to Herron.