Flagstaff man charged in landlord's stabbing death

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James Womble (Source: Flagstaff Police Department) James Womble (Source: Flagstaff Police Department)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -

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-year-old 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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