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Man charged with murder of domestic partner appears in Forsyth Co. court

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FORSYTH COUNTY — A man charged with embezzlement and the murder of his domestic partner is back in Forsyth County after authorities say he fled to Las Vegas.

Steven Tisdale was extradited to North Carolina overnight and had his first appearance in Forsyth District Court Friday morning.

Tisdale is accused of shooting and killing his partner, Robert Tisdale, 52, on January 30 and then fleeing to Las Vegas. Investigators found the body of his partner in their Pfafftown home.

Tisdale failed to appear in court on Feb. 21 court on the embezzlement charge involving his employer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and was arrested the next day in Las Vegas.

“You are charged with first-degree murder and you face a maximum possible punishment of life without patrol or death,” said Judge Camille Banks-Payne.

Tisdale's attorney in the embezzlement case will also represent him for murder.

"We should make an appearance probably by the end of next week, if not earlier, then the week after,'' said defense attorney Chris Beechler.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Martin requested that bond be denied.

"We would contend to the court, not only is he a flight risk, but he is a threat to the community,” said Martin.

Judge Banks-Payne agreed, and gave no bond for the murder charge and a $500,000 bond for the embezzlement charge.

Tisdale's next court appearance is scheduled for April 4. Tisdale briefly spoke twice to answer questions from the judge. It could be months, possibly years before the case comes to trial and Tisdale could face the death penalty.

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