- Associated Press - Friday, July 7, 2017

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Authorities have made an arrest in a fatal stabbing in the north Alabama city of Decatur.

Police spokesman Lt. Proncey Robertson says 59-year-old John Paul Puckett St. is charged with murder in the killing of James Paul Ward.

A police statement describes Puckett as a transient with an extensive criminal record. Court documents aren’t yet available to show whether he has a lawyer.

Police responding to a 911 call found Ward’s body inside a home. An officer saw a man walking away from the scene and arrested Puckett.

Investigators believe Ward was stabbed to death during a fight.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, https://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

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