Flagstaff man charged in land­lord’s stab­bing death

Yuma Sun - - NEWS -

FLAGSTAFF — A Flagstaff man has been charged with killing his land­lord.

The Ari­zona Daily Sun re­ported Tues­day that 21-year-old James Womble is fac­ing one count of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the July stab­bing death. Womble has pleaded not guilty. Po­lice say Womble and 63-yearold Peter Gille­spie were fight­ing over past-due rent when Womble al­legedly stabbed him with scis­sors eight times.

Womble called 911 af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Womble says he was act­ing in self-de­fense af­ter Gille­spie started to choke him.

His at­tor­ney did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

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