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Arizona man flags down deputy in the middle of the road, confesses to killing stepfather

Jay Albert Stevens, 52, led deputies to the scene of the crime, authorities said.

An Arizona man flagged down a deputy in the middle of the road early Thursday and confessed to fatally shooting his stepfather, the sheriff's office said.

The Cochise County sheriff’s deputy spotted Jay Albert Stevens, 52, about 1 a.m. in the middle of Central Highway near the area of McNeal in southern Arizona, sheriff's spokesperson Carol Capas said.

Stevens waved down the deputy, and when he was asked whether he was all right, said he had shot and killed his stepfather, Mark Kilbourne, 61.

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Stevens said he got into a verbal altercation with Kilbourne about "reading the Bible," said Capas, who did not provide details about a possible motive.

Stevens shot his stepfather twice, once in the chest, Capas said.

"Then he took some time, dropped off his animals at his sister’s house and asked her to call the police because he killed someone," Capas said. "He then walked out into the street, and that was when he flagged down our deputy."

Stevens confessed to the murder and led deputies to a home where Kilbourne, 61, was found dead. Police believe Stevens and Kilbourne lived in the same home but could not provide any information as to how long they had been living together.

Stevens is being held on $1 million bond.

It is not known whether Stevens has legal representation.