According to Sebring, a registered Democrat, he responded to a post on Facebook by a felon who said he wanted to share his political opinions even though he’d lost his right to vote. Sebring said he responded that if you want to voice an opinion, “don’t do criminal activity, don’t get caught, be a productive member of society.”
It quickly escalated when Stephens, who has a felony records and served stints in prison for robbery and cocaine possession, took the argument to Sebring’s Messenger account. Sebring says they both threatened each other, and Stephens threatened to harm his wife and son.
Stephens sent Sebring his address and told him to “come on over” if he wanted to fight, and to beep the horn when he showed up, Sebring said.
He said he parked outside Stephens’ house and honked the horn. Stephens came out carrying what Sebring said looked like a knife. Sebring fired. Then he drove home. He was almost there when he saw a police officer and told him what he’d just done.