The thing when you flee the state, is no one involved in law enforcement or the court is going to give a shit about your side of the story.
That's why you don't flee the state.
Stephens is f***ed and if even half of this shit is true, throw away the key imo.
Fighting someone is one thing, going two on one with your friend is basically the definition of cowardice and I have no sympathy for people who behave like that.
I always liked Jeremy Stephens as a fighter, but that's neither here nor there.