Christopher Sesler is one of four people sheriff’s detectives believe are connected to the murder of retired postmaster Richard Edward Peters.

A 22-year-old Wildwood man suspected in the shooting death of a retired postmaster made his first appearance in front of a judge in Ocala on Saturday morning.


Christopher Sesler was denied bail by Marion County Judge Jim McCune on the charge of murder while engaged in a certain felony offense. Sesler asked for and was assigned a public defender to represent him.


Sesler had been in the Lake County Jail and was transferred to the Marion County Jail on Friday to face the murder charge.


Marion County sheriff’s detectives have also charged Chase Freeman, a 21-year-old Summerfield man with principal to first-degree murder in the case. Authorities said David Dillberg, 21, who is in prison for burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief, is also expected to be charged in the murder.


A fourth suspect is being sought.


The murder victim was retired postmaster Richard Edward Peters. His body was found with multipe gunshot wounds in bed in his Summerfield residence at 14522 SE First Ave. Road.


Authorities were able to link the men to the 76-year-old victim through surveillance video, DNA and interviews.


Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, austin.miller@starbanner.com or @almillerosb