Sheriff: Argument over a flashlight leads to fatal stabbing
MOSELLE (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man they say fatally stabbed another man during a fight over a flashlight.
WDAM reports 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.
Officials say Stringer was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say 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.
It’s unclear if Phillips has an attorney.
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