McDONOUGH — A Stockbridge man is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail after police say he allegedly got into an argument with a man at a dollar store June 6, followed him home and fatally shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun. James Blake McAllister, 37, also was charged with kidnapping a woman, who police say was able to tip off a clerk to call 911.
According to two affidavits filed in Henry County Magistrate Court on June 8, McAllister is charged with felony murder, felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm on or near a public street and felony aggravated assault with the intent to murder, to rape or to rob.
Sometime between midnight and 6:55 p.m. on June 6, McAllister is alleged to have gotten into an altercation with Steven Nichols of Stockbridge at the Stockbridge Dollar General, 3440 Ga. Highway 42. According to the affidavits, McAllister at some point allegedly forced a woman into his car at gunpoint, followed Nichols to a home nearby on Wilson Road, confronted him “and shot him with a 12 gauge shotgun.” Nichols was taken to Grady Hospital in Atlanta, “where he died from the injuries.”
Police got a tip that McAllister was at a house about 20 minutes away on Silver Maple Drive in Rex. Henry County Police, Clayton County Police and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office responded. After several hours of negotiations, Clayton County SWAT entered the home, captured McAllister and found the woman.
During a police interview, the woman said she had been in fear for her life when McAllister allegedly kidnapped her. When McAllister stopped for gas, she was able to tell the clerk to call 911. HCPD had listed her as a “person of interest” in the shooting.
The car police recovered was a silver 1994 Ford Mustang with a tag that expired in June for a silver 2001 Ford Crown Victoria.
Police added felony charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and possession of illegal weapons during commission of a crime, as well as misdemeanor counts of removing or affixing a license plate, operating an unregistered vehicle, plus a violation for a defective tire and a violation for a broken windshield and passenger window.
McAllister also was charged with felony criminal interference with government property. According to the second affidavit, “While at the Henry County Police Department, in the interview room, Mr. McAllister pulled his pants down and defecated on the walls and the carpet of the interview room,” requiring their replacement at about $1,000.