Husband, 68, ‘shot wife for divorcing him – then asked to “cut her throat and finish her”‘.
A husband fatally shot his baker wife dead after she divorced him – then asked a police officer to let him cut his ex’s throat to ‘finish’ her, a court heard.
Roger Stevens, 68, allegedly made the chilling pronouncement after shooting wife Kay, 64, dead outside her bakery in Decatur, Alabama, in November 2015 and fleeing the scene.
Kay had told loved ones she was convinced Stevens would try and kill her after she ended their relationship months earlier.
Stevens’ capital murder trial heard from former Decatur Police Department officer Johnny Lowery on Monday, with Lowery recalling the moment he found Stevens at the trucking company where he worked.
Decatur Daily reported how Lowery asked Stevens what could be done to resolve the situation peacefully. The alleged killer, who is on trial for capital murder, reportedly answered: ‘Take me to the hospital so I can cut her throat and finish what I started.’
Stevens allegedly shot his baker wife dead the day after their divorce was filed after telling the victim’s sister ‘I’m too old to start over. She got everything.’
Kay’s sister Brenda Suggs recalled the confrontation with Stevens outside their bakery at a court hearing Monday, saying: ‘He told me he was going to kill Kay.’ Suggs says Stevens then showed her his gun, prompting her to warn him: ‘Roger, you’ll go to jail.’
Stevens, who had been married to his wife for 42 years, then reportedly responded with the ‘I’m too old to start over. She got everything’, remark. Suggs told the court how she tried to warn Kay as Stevens jumped out of his car to ‘go after her.’
She told jurors how Stevens fired a shot before entering the bakery, then fired two more rounds, with witness Tina Cox saying the bullets had struck Kay in the chest. Suggs rushed to the front of the bakery, and saw Kay laying on the parking lot, having been shot.
Suggs then recalled another confrontation with Stevens, which saw her say: ‘What did you do to my sister? You killed my sister, why didn’t you kill me?’ Stevens reportedly answered: ‘You didn’t do anything.’
Suggs told jurors how she rushed back to her sister’s side as other people called 911. Kay was taken to a local hospital, then transferred to another facility, where she died during surgery.
Paramedic Stanley Martin, who treated Kay at the scene, said she told him: ‘Is this a dream?’ He told how he’d replied that she’d been shot, with Kay then said to have replied: ‘My husband shot me.’
Prosecutor Scott Anderson told Monday’s hearing that Stevens ‘loved property more than (Kay’s) life so he killed her.’
Stevens’ lawyers deny the charges he faces, although they have yet to outline their defense argument. The trial continues.