Dallas Bail Bondsman Accused in Death of Partner

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    A Dallas bail bond company owner is accused of hiring a hitman to kill his business partner in a family dispute.

    James Beavers is in the Dallas County Jail on a capital murder charge over Monday's fatal shooting of 53-year-old Mark Stephen Stockton at their company.

    An affidavit says Beavers, who's 54, told police he agreed to pay 44-year-old Shawn Lewis $2,000 to kill Stockton. Beavers told police that he gave Lewis $950 in advance.

    Bond is $1 million each for Beavers and Lewis, who's also charged with capital murder. Dallas County Jail electronic records did not list an attorney for either man Wednesday.

    The Dallas Morning News reports an affidavit says Beavers told police that Stockton had threatened to harm Beavers' son. No additional information was immediately provided.