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Affidavit: Son confessed to killing parents in their Denton home

Marion Scott, 75, and his wife, Linda Scott, 70, were found fatally stabbed on Sunday afternoon at their Denton home on Lynhurst Street, police said. Their adult son was arrested.
Marion Scott, 75, and his wife, Linda Scott, 70, were found fatally stabbed on Sunday afternoon at their Denton home on Lynhurst Street, police said. Their adult son was arrested.

His hands still bloody, Stephen L. Scott called 911 Sunday afternoon and told a dispatcher he killed his parents in their Denton home, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Stephen L. Scott broke down and cried several times as he explained to the dispatcher that he had “stabbed them both,” and said, “I cannot believe this,” according to the affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram Monday.

Scott was taken into custody Sunday afternoon, minutes after Denton police arrived at the home of Marion, 75, and Linda, 70, Scott.

Their bodies were found lying on the floor next to each other in a hallway in the couple’s home, police said in the affidavit.

Police got the 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance at 2:36 p.m. Sunday.

Officers arrived to find the bodies in the home in the 1300 block of Lynhurst Street where the victims lived, police said. There was no sign of forced entry.

In the 911 call, the dispatcher noted that the man’s voice, later identified as Stephen L. Scott’s, was stressed and he was breathing heavily, according to the affidavit.

The dispatcher asked him several times about the nature of the emergency, and Scott started crying without responding. He finally told the dispatcher, “There are two people. It’s my parents,” and “They are dead,” police wrote in the affidavit.

The dispatcher repeatedly asked Scott what happened, but he only cried. At some point, he identified himself and confirmed that he was at his parent’s home, but said that he didn’t live there.

“I cannot believe this,” Scott told the dispatcher. “Oh my God.”

Finally, Scott told the dispatcher at least twice that he had stabbed his parents, according to the affidavit.

Scott met the responding officers at the front door of his parents’ home, and officers noted that he had blood on his hands, investigators said in the affidavit.

When paramedics checked on his parents, they were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators noted it appeared a struggle had taken place because there was a broken photo frame on a floor and damage to one area of the hallway, police said.

Scott was taken to the Denton City Jail, where he asked investigators why he was in custody. He wanted to know the status of the people living in the Denton home, according to the affidavit.

Investigators ended the interview with Scott when he asked for a lawyer.

During a search of the home, a dagger-style knife was found laying on the back of Marion Scott, police said in the affidavit.

Marion Scott died of multiple stab wounds to his chest and neck, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office in Fort Worth. His death was ruled a homicide. A ruling on Linda Scott had not been made by Monday afternoon.

Police did not release any information on what started the incident.

According to the affidavit, patrol officers had responded to the Scotts’ home in 2002 after Marion Scott called 911 for assistance with his son because he was out of control.

Stephen Scott remained in the Denton City Jail on Monday in lieu of $250,000 bail and faces capital murder charges.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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