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COLUMBIANA COUNTY - There is new information about the murder of a Salem woman last week.

A document filed in court on Monday says Samantha Shasteen was suffering from visible head trauma when officers arrived at her Oak Street home last Wednesday. However, the coroner has yet to issue a ruling on her official cause of death.

Shashteen's boyfriend, Mason Feisel is scheduled to be in court on a murder charge later this week.

The 34-year old is charged with murder for purposely causing the death of his estranged girlfriend Samantha Shasteen.

The 32-year old woman was found dead Wednesday morning in the bathroom of her home on Oak Street in Salem.

An autopsy was completed Thursday, but the Columbiana County Coroner says the results on the cause of death are not being released at this time.

Prosecutor Robert Herron was asked if a possible motive for the killing had been determined.

"We have an on going active investigation obviously there have been some leads developed that I can't disclose at this point," Herron says.

Herron says the charge of murder without specifications is a preliminary charge, which could be amended later.

"The investigation is still on going so any additional charges of specifications that may be added would added at a later time," he says.

The prosecutor requested a bond of $1 million, saying Feisel is considered a flight risk, and he may undergo a psychological evaluation because the injuries he had at the time of his arrest he may have done to himself.

"He was found to have a number of injuries. As you could see in the courtroom, both his arms were bandaged it's our belief that those were self inflicted," Herron says.

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