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US man runs onto highway to flag down cop car to confess to brutal murder

Jayden Collins

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US man runs onto highway to flag down cop car to confess to brutal murder

Featured Image Credit: Cochise County Sheriff's Office/Facebook. Allexxandar / Alamy.

A US man has flagged down a deputy cop car in the middle of the road to confess to killing his stepfather.

Arizona man Jay Albert Steven, 52, was found in the middle of a highway in the late hours of Thursday (September 8) night at 1am by the Cochise County sheriff's deputy, according to spokesperson Carol Capas via NBC News

After being asked by police whether he was alright, Stevens admitted to shooting and killing his stepfather, Mark Kilbourne, 61.

Jay Alberts Stevens.  Credit: Facebook/Cochise County Sheriff's Office - Mark J. Dannels Sheriff
Jay Alberts Stevens. Credit: Facebook/Cochise County Sheriff's Office - Mark J. Dannels Sheriff

The Sheriff’s office revealed the news on Facebook, saying: "On Thursday, September 8, 2022 at approximately 1:00 am, a Cochise County Sheriff's Deputy observed a male subject in the middle of the roadway on Central Highway and Sage Lane near McNeal."

"The male subject waived down the deputy and when the male subject was asked if he was alright, the male subject said he had just shot and killed someone."

The statement added: "Upon getting additional details from the male subject, he indicated that he did not have the address of where the incident occurred but he was able to lead deputies to a resident (sic) where a 61-year-old man was found deceased."

According to Capas, Stevens and Kilbourne got into an altercation about ‘reading the Bible’ before the 61-year-old was shot twice, once in the chest.

Capas said: “Then (Stevens) took some time, dropped off his animals at his sister’s house and asked her to call the police because he killed someone."

"He then walked out into the street, and that was when he flagged down our deputy."

Credit: Images-USA / Alamy
Credit: Images-USA / Alamy

According to the Daily Mail, police found the body of the man laying between the house and the garage with wounds from a handgun. 

Stevens has been placed in custody at the Cochise County Jail and charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $US 1 million ($AUD 1.4 million, £855,000) bond.

The Daily Mail reports that Stevens told investigators that the murder had stemmed from years of frustration with his stepfather and had been ‘building in (him) for a long time’. 

He had considered taking the body to the desert and burying it there, however, says he was ‘too lazy to dig a hole that big’.

Upon realising he would get caught anyway he decided to make sure his dogs were safe before admitting to the murder himself.

Topics: US News, Crime

Jayden Collins
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