Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Arnold Man Stabbed Father in Back, Knocked Him Down Stairs and Left Him to Die, Police Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Arnold Man Stabbed Father in Back, Knocked Him Down Stairs and Left Him to Die, Police Say

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ARNOLD * An Arnold man was held Monday in the Jefferson County Jail on charges that he fatally stabbed his father in the back, then knocked him down the basement stairs and left him there to die, police say.

Kenneth Matthew Stotts, 32, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his father, Thomas Stotts Sr., 65. Bail for Kenneth Stotts was set at $250,000, cash only.

Lt. James Jones of the Arnold Police Department said Kenneth Stotts' mother called police about 8:30 p.m. Friday when she arrived home to find her husband's body in the basement of the two-family duplex in the 1900 block of Casa Drive.

Kenneth Stotts was trying to leave the home, and police arrested him without incident in a vehicle about 100 yards away.

Jones said Kenneth Stotts and his father had been arguing about the younger man's drug use. …

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