|Updated: 9/18 12:00 am
||Published: 9/17 11:58 pm
A Green Country man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend is now accused of another violent crime.
James Smith spent decades in prison and now he's back behind bars.
In the middle of the street on Sooner drive, Tahlequah police say an argument between two men turned violent when Smith stabbed a man in the chest.
This isn't Smith's first run-in with the law. In 1983, he was convicted of helping his mother murder his ex-girlfriend.
Smith is the son of Lois Nadean Smith.
Together they were convicted of the 1982 murder of Cindy Bailee in Sequoyah County.
Lois Nadean is accused of firing the nine shots found in the victim's body.
Her son was accused of reloading the gun.
The state of Oklahoma executed Lois Nadean Smith in 2001.
Neighbors refused to speak with FOX23 after realizing Smith is the accused attacker in this latest stabbing.
"It's rare we deal with someone that been to prison on some sort of murder case or manslaughter case," said Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King.
He told FOX23's Dontaye Carter they are preparing to speak with the victim about what led to the stabbing. Smith was paroled in 2009 after serving more than 20 years behind bars.
"Of course our alert levels are about the same no matter who we're dealing with but yes when officers know an individual and know their past of course we have a heightened sense of awareness," said King.
The victim was life-flighted to St. Francis. Detectives say once they speak with that victim, they'll be able to determine what if any charges Smith could face.
Title: Convicted murderer arrested, accused of stabbing man