Police: Murder suspect's mother warned them of son's behavior before deadly crash

SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Justin Litton is still in crutches from the crash that ended another man’s life.

“Whether it was intentional or not, he murdered my son,” said Teresa Stephens-Davis, Levi Stephen’s mother.

A Somerset police detective testified about the events of March 16th during a preliminary hearing in Pulaski District Court.

Police say Litton’s mother had called police that night asking them to stop her son who had left a domestic incident intoxicated, and threatening to crash head-on into a semi truck. But instead of taking his own life, police say after a deputy spotted him sitting in his car in a gravel lot, he quickly took off, and seconds later crossed the center line of Ky. 80 and plowed head-in into the car Stephens was driving.

“I think he was a homicidal maniac that night. Upholding the murder charge is what I want,” said Stephens-Davis.

Litton’s mother claimed her son was suicidal but as Litton was being brought back to Somerset from Lexington he gave police another excuse, one that involved mechanical problems with his car.

The detective testified that Litton claimed his car’s steering column was messed up.

Police say Stephens tried to avoid the crash but couldn’t.

“Yeah, he saw it coming, and the fact that he possibly felt pain hurts,” said Stephens-Davis.

Yet she’s found comfort in the hundreds who have responded to a memorial Facebook page…and Levi’s friends…who recently made T-shirts they wore to the hearing.

“His friends have been a great support system. I don’t know what I would have done without them,” she said.

Litton’s attorney claims the prosecution did not prove an intentional act and asked the charge be reduced to manslaughter, but the judge said the grand jury will consider the murder offense.


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