Valenza: Murder victim was killed over an argument

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COTTONWOOD, Ala. (WDHN) — An argument between neighbors caused the death of a physically disabled man in Cottonwood, according to Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza during a Tuesday press conference.

Deputies discovered Stephen Dozier’s body the morning of Good Friday after getting a call from a healthcare worker. The worker had come to check on Dozier, who suffered from quadriplegia, and immediately called the authorities when she saw what happened.

“Upon units arriving, it was determined we definitely had a homicide,” Valenza said. 

Investigators discovered that someone had shot Dozier multiple times the evening before, leaving him for dead. As they searched for answers, the sheriff’s office brought in Dozier’s next-door neighbor William Darrell Monk for questioning, later linking him to the crime upon the discovery of evidence from Monk’s home.

 “We obtained four search warrants that day, possibly five, and we recovered some of the evidence,” Valenza said. “He was then charged that night.”

One piece of evidence found by investigators was a 12-gauge shotgun, which is believed to be the murder weapon.

According to Valenza, the homicide wasn’t planned as part of an ongoing dispute. While he couldn’t give all the details, Valenza said the homicide was “spontaneous” and out of anger.

“It was definitely uncalled for — any time we have a homicide, period — but a homicide of this nature, from what we’re looking at, the cause of it, it’s just uncalled for,” he said.

Monk now faces charges for capital murder and first-degree burglary.

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