Decatur man accused of killing ex-wife to represent self in preliminary hearing

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The man at the center of a murder investigation, manhunt, then standoff is set to go before Morgan County District Judge Brent Craig at 9 in the morning on December 8th.

Roger Dale Stevens is charged with the murder of his ex-wife Kay Stevens on November 14. She died at the hospital after she was shot at the Corner Bakery in Decatur.

Stevens fled the scene, prompting a manhunt throughout Morgan County. He was located sitting in a tractor-trailer he drove for work, parked in a lot on Greenbrier Road just north of the Target Distribution Center. A standoff ensued, lasting over an hour.

Limestone County deputies, Morgan County deputies, and Huntsville Police officers joined Decatur Police as they surrounded the lot until sheriffs Ana Franklin (Morgan Co.) and Mike Blakely (Limestone Co.) talked Stevens into surrendering without incident.

Stevens remains in the Morgan County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. He was initially appointed a lawyer, but it was later removed after an assessment of Stevens’ assets.

“When asked if he had someone who could assist him in cashing out his IRAs (since he is still in jail), he responded that he would rather just represent himself,” Judge Craig wrote in the court documents.

New Details:

According to our news partners at, a warrant to search Stevens’ car revealed details about the events surrounding Kay’s death.

She filed a protection order against her ex-husband in 2014, saying he threatened and harassed her.

The document states Stevens pulled up to the bakery an showed the gun to Kay’s sister, and told her the victim was getting everything in the divorce and he was going to kill her. It says he ran inside the bakery, chased Kay outside and shot her.

An addendum to the warrant states the weapon has not been recovered, but after searching his car, investigators recovered a silver canister holding three Winchester .22 Magnum cartridges, a brown Kolpin gun case, and a top seal off of a liquor bottle.

A GoFundMe memorial fund has been set up, find that link here.

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