Decatur man accused of killing his ex-wife plans to hire attorney, preliminary hearing continued


Roger Stevens (Photo: Decatur Police)

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A Decatur man accused of killing his ex-wife appeared in a Morgan County Courtroom Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

Court records indicated that Roger Stevens had planned to represent himself, but the Morgan County District Attorney’s Office told WHNT News 19 that the hearing was continued at the defendant’s request. The court is now allowing Stevens time to hire legal counsel. The preliminary hearing has been continued until 9 a.m. on December 22.

Stevens is accused of murdering his ex-wife, Kay Stevens, on November 14. Court documents show that she filed for divorce from Roger in May 2014. They also indicate that she filed for an order of protection later that year, but it was denied.

The divorce was finalized on November 12, 2015, two days before police say Roger shot Kay Stevens multiple times outside the Corner Bakery and Eatery in Decatur, a business she co-owned with her sister.

Law enforcement agencies later tracked Roger to a truck lot on Greenbriar Road, where an hour-long standoff then followed, ending with his arrest.

Stevens remains in the Morgan County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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