- Police arrested Jay Albert Stevens, 52, after he waived them down at about 1am on September 8 at a desert crossroads outside the town of McNeal
- Stevens told the police he’d just shot somebody to death, and led them to a home where they found the body of his 61-year-old stepfather
- Stevens was arrested and charged with first degree murder, and detained at the Cochise County Jail
- The killer said he decided to confess to the murder because he thought he would get caught no matter what, and that he was ‘too lazy’ to bury the body
An Arizona man flagged down police from the middle of a desert highway to confess to murder because he was ‘too lazy’ to bury the body, arrest records show.
Deputies from the Cochise County Sheriff’s office came across Jay Albery Stevens, 52, around 1am on Thursday as he hailed them down from a crossroads outside the town of McNeal, about 30 minutes from the Mexican border in southeastern Arizona.
When police stopped to ask if he was okay, Stevens informed them that he’d just shot his stepfather to death and that he wanted to show them the body.
Stevens led the deputies to a nearby home in the town of Pearce, where they found the body of his stepfather, 61, lying outside between the house and garage with chest wounds from a .40 caliber handgun. Stevens was arrested at the scene.
Stevens told the investigators he decided to commit the murder after his stepfather accused him of not reading the Bible, but that it really stemmed from ‘a lot of years of putting up with this [expletive].’
He also said he weighed several options of disposing of the body, including chaining it to his truck to ‘drag him out into the desert,’ or burying him, but decided that was too difficult.
‘I was gonna bury him, but I’m too lazy to dig a hole that big,’ Stevens told cops.
Stevens was charged with first degree murder and is being held on $1 million bond, according to the Herald Review.
Stevens told police that his whole family disliked his stepfather, and characterized him as an alcoholic who ‘brainwashed’ his mother into becoming one too.
‘This has been building in me for a long time,’ Stevens said, ‘What I did today was just probably 20 years of [expletive].’
Stevens said his stepfather had spent all of Wednesday drinking beer, and that at one point accused him Stevens of not understanding the Bible and never reading it.
The two began to argue about the accusation, and Steven’s stepfather told him ‘If you don’t like it, you can get out.’
Stevens then spent several hours in his bedroom where he ‘stewed’ over the fight, then decided to kill his stepfather.
‘It took me a while to get the gumption to go out there with a gun,’ he told police.