Murder suspect speaks from behind bars

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

23-year-old James Stell says that he would change things if he could.

"I wish the whole thing never happened," Stell said.

Stell spoke to 27 NEWSFIRST from behind bars at the Montgomery County Detention Center. He was charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, and felon in possession of a handgun after he led detectives to the shallow grave containing the remains of David Dotson, Jr. Dotson was Stell's former step-brother.

"He was taking my dad's pain medication and selling it. Dad was dying at the time," Stell said.

Stell said he went to his father's property to confront Dotson about the pain medication back in December, 2007. He says the two got into a heated argument and that Dotson pulled a knife on him.

"He got close enough that he cut my jacket with it," he said. "At the time, I had a gun on me and I used it."

Stell said he fired one round that struck Dotson in the head and left him dead. Stell says he then buried Dotson and hid the evidence. He claims that he was scared about what would happen to him and did not want to go to jail since his dad was dying.

Meantime, Dotson's father says he suspected Stell had something to do with his son's death but didn't think that he was the type to actually cause his death.

Stell is expected to be arraigned later this week.


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