Murder warrant obtained in search for Cullman stabbing death suspect

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CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) — The Cullman Police Department is searching for a man wanted in a deadly stabbing Saturday night: Nathan Winston Stephens.

Around 10:47 p.m., Cullman police responded to a call about a stabbing from Cullman Regional Medical Center Emergency Room.

The victim was identified as Herndon Self Jr. of Hanceville, Ala. He was declared dead at the emergency room, according to the police report.

On Monday afternoon, police obtained a murder warrant and are searching for the suspect in this stabbing. Nathan Winston Stephens is 43 years old, about 180 pounds, has tattoo sleeves on both arms and has a bald head.

Mugshot of Nathan Winston Stephens

The Cullman Police Chief and the investigator assigned this case do not know how or why Stephens was released from jail.

The Alabama Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation stated Stephens was released through the state’s mandatory release law. Through this law, inmates that meet certain criteria can be released sooner than their sentencing end date.

The Alabama Department of Pardons and Paroles said if and when Stephens was released, they, by law, must be notified by the DOCR to manage the released inmates’ supervision. Their department said they were not notified of Stephens’ release.

Cullman Police Investigator Lt. Jody Martin said Stephens was released on Thursday, September 10. Just two days later, Stephens was identified as the suspect in a stabbing murder.

“I just don’t understand how this happened,” said Bobby Cannon, the nephew of Self. “I mean, they should have never crossed paths.”

Martin said several entities across the state are aiding in this search.

“Several agencies: Marshall County, all of them here in Cullman County, the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force out of Huntsville and Birmingham, and the State Pardons and Paroles is also involved,” said Martin.

The stabbing happened inside of a moving vehicle after police say an argument ensued between acquaintances. Stephens fled from the vehicle near Highway 157 and the Highway 31 intersection and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

Cullman Police are asking if you know any information about this case, or about Stephens’ whereabouts, to call your local police.


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