According to the police report, James Blake Stephens and his father, James Randall Stephens, 52, of Dora, returned from a fishing trip to the father’s house on Doliska Road. A disagreement over a handgun, a .32 caliber revolver, escalated to the point that the father fired several shots, one of which struck his son in the chest. The incident occurred between 9:40 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday.
It was unclear whether the father used the disputed handgun or a second gun, a .30-30 rifle that was also recovered at the scene.
“We’ll have to wait until we get the autopsy report to know for sure,” Dora Police Chief John Duchock said.
After the call to 911, made by one of the two eye witnesses at the scene, Dora Police secured the scene and the suspect.
“Three of our officers responded to the scene immediately,” Duchock said. “Dora Fire and Rescue and RPS (Regional Paramedical Services) also responded. They pronounced the victim dead at the scene.”
The witnesses and officers on the scene said that alcohol played a role in the incident.
The Walker County Coroner’s office transported the body from the residence, in the 2000 block of Doliska Road, to the Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville for an autopsy.
The father, James Randall Stephens, was taken into custody at the scene. He was evaluated and treated at Walker Baptist Medical Center for minor self-inflicted injuries. He was then transported to the Walker County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
District Attorney Bill Adair said his office had charged James Randall Stephens with murder, which carries a penalty from 10 years to life in prison if he is convicted.