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Life insurance argument escalates to death threat

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By Damon Lawrence

An argument over life insurance money had a man allegedly threatening to take a life.
James West, 43, was charged with aggravated assault in the incident.
According to the warrant, West and Shella Stafford got into an argument over life insurance money on Dec. 18.
“Ms. Stafford states that the defendant became angry, shoved her, slammed the door and would not let her leave,” the warrant said. “The defendant grabbed a shotgun  and put it to her head and said, ‘You are gonna die (expletive).”


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