FIRST ON WITN: No Charges To Be Filed In Deadly Home Invasion

Self defense. That's what Halifax County authorities say apparently happened in a deadly home invasion Friday morning,

Deputies say homeowner Marcell Alston was attacked after answering his door around 7:20 a.m. Alston says he was attacked by the man. Alston was shot in the lower back during the attack and is expected to be released from the hospital later this week.

Killed was Carlton Burgess of Lumberton, New Jersey. They say after being shot, Alston managed to get his own gun and shoot Burgess. Deputies say Burgess held a domestic grudge with Alston since 1988.

Major Bruce Temple says after consulting with the district attorney, the death of Burgess will not be pursued any further.


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A 21-year grudge ended with one man dead and another wounded in Halifax County Friday morning.

Deputies say homeowner Marcell Alston was attacked after answering his door around 7:20 a.m. Alston says he was attacked by the man. Alston was shot in the lower back during the attack.

Deputies say at some point Alston managed to get his own firearm and shoot the attacker in the upper torso.

It turns out Alston knew his attacker, but says the two have not seen each other for several years.

Deputies say Carlton Burgess of Lumberton, New Jersey held a domestic grudge with Alston since 1988. They say that grudge is an apparent motive in the attack.


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Halifax County authorities are at the scene of a home invasion that turned deadly Friday morning.

Major Bruce Temple says it happened at a home on Highway 301, north of Halifax, around 7:20 a.m.

Temple says the armed intruder shot the homeowner, Marcell Alston, and the Alston then shot and killed the gunman. He says Alston is recovering at Halifax Regional Hospital.

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  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Oct 14, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    Hey, if you break into someone's home, be prepared to suffer the consequences. One more criminal off the streets.
  • by to moderator Location: pinetown on Oct 13, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    you need to go back and read your bible some more. Jesus said,"behold I stand at the door and knock" he does just run in and enter and he also said to "turn the other cheek" but I have not read where he said stand there and allow people to just kill you in your home. Cowboy
  • by C on Oct 13, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    It may well have been a "deadly" home invasion, but at least it proved "deadly" for the right person. The solution to armed home invasion is an armed home owner.
  • by EWOR Location: NC on Oct 12, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    To all you rootin tootin Christian Cowboys make sure you are trained before you start handling a weapon. Make sure you identify that their is an iminent threat. Read this article about the man in Florida. "Man kills fiancee day before wedding" ‘Tragic accident’ occurred when Fla. groom-to-be thought he heard intruder
  • by Kelly Location: Lenoir Co on Oct 7, 2009 at 09:07 PM
    Lesson to all. Keep your gun's away from kid's but close enough to grab. It may save you or your families life one day.
  • by Lee Location: reenville on Oct 7, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    Get to know your gun,where it is , how fast you can get to it, and make it a routine to excerise this act. I bet this is what saved this mans life,he knew his weapon and how to use it. Justice served,well done.
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Oct 7, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    Allow me to clarify that the post below from 3:24pm was not made by a WITN Moderator.
  • by MODERATER Location: NC on Oct 7, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    Use your comprehension skills all you cowboys. This was not a robbery but a grudge that lasted 21 years! I am for gun owner's rights. But, I value another persons life before any of my material possesions. All you cowboy christians ask yourself what would Christ do if someone came into his house to steal. My saviour would not kill for that. Would he kill to keep others from dying. He may. He died for you and me so we can have everlating life. Again, I am for the right to bear arms. And, Mr. Alston should not be charged. But, we should value human life more that we value wordly posessions, afterall we are all God's children. Oh, stop putting down the current administration over a false email. The email probably came from Fox News.
  • by LET IT BE Location: NEWPORT on Oct 7, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    home invasion on the rise and somany homeowner's buying gun too shoot the intruder.we dont need stricker gun law's that help criminals .we need to keep criminals off the street and in jail that's what works . criminal's no matter what law there is they dont obey them anyway.the right to bear arms the right to be free
  • by Anonymous on Oct 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    I so agree with Cactus Location: Strabane on Oct 2, 2009 at 06:27 PM Now this is what I call "great gun control". I think it is GREAT, now maybe those jerks with think twice before a home invasion. Keep up the good work and shot them all if they come into your home. Shot to kill, it's for the best. The robbers are scum anyway. Not worth living.
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