Argument led to gunshots and fight
Although no details of the altercation between Stidham and Staats were revealed in court this morning, Stidham’s attorney, Knox County Public Defender Bruce Malek described what led to Staats’ death.
“There was a very sizable arguement that occured that day where Mr. Staats had stated he was going to kill everybody in the house,” said Bruce Malek, Knox County Public Defender that represented John Stidham.
According to Malek, Staats retrieved a gun from Stidham’s car and proceeded to fire shots at Stidham. An altercation followed.
Although the preliminary autopsy report confirmed Staats suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torse and neck, Stidham never admits to the shooting.
Malek said Stidham “indicated he didn’t have any specific recollection of firing the gun.”
Malek said he does not believe anyone else was involved in Staats’ death.
Knox County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Springer does not anticipate any other individuals will be prosecuted in this case.