Decatur Police make arrest in overnight stabbing, man charged with murder

DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Police say they have arrested a man for the stabbing that happened on East Moulton Street from Thursday night. John Paul David Puckett, Sr. is charged with murder.

John Paul David Puckett, Sr. (Image: Decatur Police)

Decatur Police and fire responded to what family members called a domestic situation. They arrived to find James Ward, 43, dead inside a home in the 600 block.

An officer was in the area and saw Puckett walking away from the scene, and took him into custody.

Investigators say the men had gotten into an altercation when Puckett produced a knife and stabbed Ward in the chest. Family members say Ward and his uncle had been drinking before the fight broke out.

Investigators were on the scene for about three hours.

Puckett was booked into the Morgan County Jail without incident. Decatur Police say Puckett’s “extensive criminal history” means his bond will be set by a Morgan County Circuit Judge at the earliest convenience.