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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.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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