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70-Year-Old Arrested For Murder In Connection With Winnsboro Auto Shop Stabbing

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A 70-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, May 13, for murder in connection with a Winnsboro auto shop stabbing, according to Winnsboro Police Chief Andy Chester.

Billy Dwaine Cotten (Wood County jail photo)

Shortly after 11 a.m. May 13, Winnsboro Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a man with a knife Bob’s Auto Repair on East Carnegie.

“Upon our arrival we located a 54 year old white male, inside the shop area, with multiple stab wounds to his upper torso. Officers located a 70-year-old white male in the parking lot and detained him. It was determined that the 70-year-old white male, identified as Billy Dwaine Cotten of Winnsboro, was the suspect with the knife. Steven Wayne Lancaster, a 54-year-old employee of Bob’s Auto Repair, was transported to CHRISTUS/Mother Francis in Winnsboro and then flown to Tyler. Lancaster was pronounced dead shortly after 3 p.m.,” Chester alleged in a press release.

Cotten for arrested for murder in connection with the Winnsboro auto shop stabbing. His bond was set at $50,000 on the charge. Cotten was released from jail on bond Thursday, May 14, according to Wood County jail reports.

The investigation into the stabbing is still ongoing, according to Chester.

Author: Faith Huffman

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