N.C. Man Held in Md. Slaying of Ex-Girlfriend

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COLUMBIA, Md. — Police say a North Carolina man is a suspect in the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend in Maryland.

Howard County police announced Monday that 43-year-old Ryan Matthias of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested over the weekend. They say he is a suspect in the death of Deborah Castellano, who was found shot to death in her car near her new home in Columbia, Md., on May 4. She had recently moved from Ilion, N.Y.

Police say investigators learned that after the pair was arrested in a March domestic violence incident, Castellano ended the relationship and moved to Maryland, but Matthias continued to harass her.

Police say Matthias’ North Carolina rental car was returned a day after the slaying with more than 1,000 miles logged.

Matthias is being held pending extradition.

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