Poplar Bluff police say a man accused in a fatal shooting blames what he calls "bad dope" for the crime.

Joseph Wade Wisdom of Poplar Bluff is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 50-year-old Stahl Lee Sturgeon of Doniphan.

Sturgeon's body was found Tuesday inside his car at a Wal-Mart parking lot. But authorities say the shooting happened on U.S. 67 after Wisdom jumped out of a car while being driven to a rehab center. While on the highway, he convinced Sturgeon, who was passing by, to give him a ride.

A witness told police he saw the two men fighting inside the car before the rear window appeared to be shot.

Police say Wisdom told officers had had used a bad batch of methamphetamine and hadn't slept.

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