Tisdale returns to Forsyth County, formally charged with murder

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- A man arrested accused of killing his partner at their Forsyth County home made his first court appearance Friday morning.

Tisdale, 44, is charged in the death of his partner Robert B. Tisdale, whose body was found inside a home in Pfafftown on Feb. 21. He was arrested in Las Vegas on Feb. 22 and brought back to Forsyth County on Thursday.

Judge Camille Banks Payne agreed to hold the suspect without bond after the prosecution said he was a risk to the community.

No bond was allowed for the murder charge and a $500,000 bond was given for the embezzlement charges.

Tisdale is in the process of hiring an attorney who was in the courtroom Friday. His next preliminary court date is set April 4.

tisdaleForsyth County Sheriff’s Office Investigators said he was charged with the unrelated matters for which he was extradited, and one count of murder related to the death of Robert Bowie Tisdale.

Neighbors said the suspect and victim were married, but did not know in which state where 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.

“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 after receiving a call from Robert Tisdale’s mother, who said she had not had contact with her son for several days.

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