Document: Nacogdoches man beaten, stabbed, shot to death

James Steitler (Source: Facebook)
James Steitler (Source: Facebook)
Lester Butcher (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Lester Butcher (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A death inquest form shows a Chandler man killed a Nacogdoches man by beating, stabbing, and shooting him on April 9.

The death inquest states James Glen Steitler, 40, suffered shotgun wounds to the forearm, chest, hand and chin, blade wounds to the neck, shoulder and forearm, and blunt impact to the head and arm.

According to the arrest affidavit, deputies responded to the 3200 block of County Road 817 and found Steitler dead.

A witness told investigators that Lester Butcher, 54, showed up at Butcher's brother's house and said "we don't have to worry about that [expletive] again, his [expletive] is dead."

Another witness in Henderson County said they saw Butcher arrive in the county covered in blood and they said Butcher had burned his clothing "and additional items possibly related to this incident."

Investigators with Henderson County went to the location where Butcher was reported to have been, and the homeowner gave consent to search the property and reported finding a shotgun, according to the affidavit.

Steitler's mother said Steitler and Butcher had been arguing over a land dispute and money Steitler had paid Butcher for work which was never completed.

KTRE has withheld releasing information from documents received through open records requests until now after Sheriff Jason Bridges requested KTRE withhold it in order to protect the investigation. Bridges said on Thursday the information could be made public without hurting the investigation.

Butcher was arrested on the charge April 10 in Henderson County.

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