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Man accused of cutting driver caught by brother

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

FALKVILLE — A man accused of attacking a Decatur cab driver was easy to catch after his brother knocked him out, authorities said.

Stephen Murphy fled after cutting the driver outside the residence Murphy shares with his mother at 379 Nat Key Road on Tuesday afternoon, said Chief Sheriff's Deputy Mike Corley.

Deputies searched for Murphy but could not find him. However, later in the day, deputies and an ambulance were called back to the residence.

Investigator Pete Taylor said Murphy apparently returned to the home and threatened to kill his brother and sister.

"In the fight that ensued after Murphy made advances against his brother, his brother ended up rendering him unconscious," Taylor said.

Murphy was arrested on a charge of second-degree assault following his release from Hartselle Medical Center on Wednesday morning.

Corley said Murphy used a kitchen knife to attack a driver for River City Cabs, Lowell Thomas Cole Jr., 36, when Cole asked Murphy for the $104 fare.

During the ensuing struggle, the cab rolled forward, striking the banister of a wheelchair ramp. Cole drove to a residence about a quarter mile away and asked for help. An ambulance took him to Hartselle Medical Center for treatment of a cut to his right cheek and defensive wounds to his hands.

Deputies were already seeking Murphy for questioning in a forgery case, and Taylor said he expects to arrest him today on a warrant charging him with possessing a forged instrument.

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