An Arizona man flagged down a deputy in the middle of the road early Thursday and confessed to fatally shooting his stepfather, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy spotted Jay Albert Stevens, 52, about 1 a.m. in the middle of Central Highway near the area of McNeal in southern Arizona, Sheriff’s Officie spokesperson Carol Capas said.
Stevens waived down the deputy, and when asked if he was alright, said he’d shot and killed his stepfather, Mark Kilbourne, 61.
Stevens said he got into a verbal altercation with Kilbourne about “reading the bible,” said Capas, who did not provide details about a possible motive.
Stevens shot his stepfather twice, once in the chest, Capas said.
“Then he took some time, dropped off his animals at his sister’s house and asked her to call the police because he killed someone,” Capas said. “He then walked out into the street and that was when he flagged down our deputy.”
Stevens confessed the murder to deputies and led them to a home where the 61-year-old man was found dead. Police believe Stevens and Kilbourne lived in the same home, but could not provide any information as to how long they’d been living together.
Stevens was arraigned Thursday on a first-degree murder charge and is being held on $1 million bond.
It is not known at this time if Stevens has legal representation.