MADISONVILLE-For the first time since
the last century, Madisonville has its first alleged homicide.
While Monroe County has seen, on
average, three homicides a year in recent times, Madisonville saw its
first killing since the late 1990's Sunday morning.
Madisonville Police Detective Daniel
Dockery said it was just before 11:30 a.m. when police were told of a
stabbing at a home on 3rd Street. Dockery said a man named James
Terrance Davis had been stabbed multiple times and was taken to UT
Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
A witness told Dockery that Davis, 30,
McGhee Street, Madisonville, was walking on 3rd Street when he
started to cut across a lawn and was confronted by Leon Bell. The
witness said the two began to yell at each other, then began to
The witness said Bell struck Davis
several times in the left side rib area. During the fight, Davis had
his shirt ripped off and the witness saw a large amount of blood on
him and the witness saw Bell holding a knife.
The witness said Davis ran to her
residence and she called 911. Bell allegedly began yelling, saying he
was going to "go get a gun and shoot him and kill him."
Bell, 24, never left his property and
Officers found him inside the house where he was arrested and charged
with second-degree murder.
Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Breeden
said his department has dealt with both men before, but nothing
"Just your usual disturbances and
fights," Breeden said. "We're still looking into exactly what
they were fighting about, but if we do find out, we probably won't
reveal it until we get into court."
Second-degree murder means the alleged
killing wasn't pre-planned, happening on the spur of the moment.
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