Arizona man waves down deputy, allegedly confesses to murder over bible dispute

Jay Albert Stevens (Cochise County Sheriff's Office)

An Arizona man has been arrested after he reportedly waved down police to tell them that he had killed someone, according to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation began after a sheriff's deputy saw a man standing in the middle of the road on Central Highway and Sage Lane near the small town of McNeal on Sept. 8.

The man, identified as 52-year-old Jay Albert Stevens, waved down the deputy. When they asked if he was alright, Stevens said he had shot and killed someone, according to officials.

Stevens led deputies to a home, where they discovered the body of a 61-year-old man.

The McNeal resident was booked into Cochise County Jail and faces a first-degree murder charge.

The investigation is ongoing. 

The victim's name has not been released.

CCSO spokesperson Carol Capas said, "The subject reportedly stated that the verbal argument did identify an issue related to reading the bible."

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