Body ID’d as Robert Tisdale, Steven Tisdale to face murder charge

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PFAFFTOWN, N.C. -- Steven B. Tisdale will face a murder charge in connection with the death of his partner Robert B. Tisdale, law enforcement officials announced during a news conference on Monday.

On Monday, Chief Deputy Brad Stanley confirmed the body found inside a home in Pfafftown on Feb. 21 was identified as Robert B. Tisdale, 52. He died of a gunshot wound.

Steven and Robert shared the home.

Steven B. Tisdale, 44, has been charged with murder. He was arrested Friday by Las Vegas police for failure to appear in court for a hearing for charges related to more than $100,000 that was embezzled from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Neighbors said the two men were married, but the neighbors did not know in which state they wed. According to court records, Steven Tisdale legally changed his last name in 2000 from Kerner to Tisdale because he wanted to take the “surname of his life partner.”

"I never in a million years would of thought anything like that would happen," said neighbor Kerstin Walker. Walker says the couple kept to themselves only speaking while walking their dog Brantley. "He walked the dog everyday. I have a dog and we would talk."

The hospital launched an internal investigation and notified local authorities, the spokesperson said. Investigators determined that $114,000 had been embezzled from the hospital between January 2011 and March 2012.

He is being held without bond in the Clark County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear Tuesday in a Nevada court.

"It was frightening. You kind of worry is someone is lurking in the bushes," said neighbor Lisa Culpepper who was relieved to hear of an arrest. "It was nice to know it wasn't a random act of violence."

The N.C. Medical Examiner identified the deceased person as Robert Bowie Tisdale and ruled the death as a homicide due to a gunshot wound.

Based on the evidence, probable cause for a warrant was presented and Steven Tisdale has been charged with murder, officials said.

Deputies visited the home last week after receiving a call from Robert Tisdale’s mother, who said she had not had contact with her son for several days.