Argument over flashlight leads to fatal stabbing in Moselle
MOSELLE (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man they say fatally stabbed another man during a fight over a flashlight.
25-year-old Matthew Lee Phillips of Seminary has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of 40-year-old Joseph Stringer on Friday in Jones County. Stringer was pronounced dead at the scene. Phillips fled the scene, leading police on an 11-hour search.
Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge says they were fighting over a flashlight Stringer had taken from Phillips. Hodge says they’ve had altercations before and there was some alcohol involved.
Phillips says the killing was self-defense and Stringer had sent him to the hospital before.