A man charged with murder in a fatal shooting in eastern Wilkes County early Sunday morning was apprehended about 11 a.m. Monday, the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office reported.

Donald Ray Lassiter, 36, was taken into custody by officers from the sheriff’s office in the Ronda Town Park and transported to the Wilkes County Jail, said Chief Deputy James Summers of the sheriff’s office.

Lassiter was charged with murder Sunday in the death of Stephanie Nicole Hatton, 25, of Kernersville. Summers said the sheriff’s office found Lassiter’s vehicle in the Ronda Town Park parking lot. Authorities had been looking for him since he was charged.

Sheriff’s office deputies were dispatched to a home at 8521 Greenhorn Road, which is in the Benham community, about 4:30 a.m. Sunday in response to a report of a shooting there and found Hatton deceased from a gunshot wound.

Lassiter’s address is listed in records as 8521 Greenhorn Road, Elkin. The brick and wood frame home there is near Benham Baptist Church, about 6 1/2 miles northwest of Elkin.

Investigators from the sheriff’s office and State Bureau of Investigation were on the scene until about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

“This is an active and ongoing investigation. No further information is available at this time,” the release said.

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