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April 19, 2010

Suspect in custody in fatal stabbing

DALTON — A man was fatally stabbed Monday night at about 8:30 at a Kangaroo convenience store at the corner of Cedar Ridge Road and Ga. Highway 52 near the Whitfield/Murray county line.

Late Monday night, the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department had a suspect in custody and was talking with witnesses to the stabbing.

Captain Rick Swiney said, “It appears that four people were in a vehicle consuming alcohol. A disagreement broke out between them, punches were thrown and a knife was pulled and a man was stabbed.”

The person who was stabbed was a white male, but no further information about him was available Monday night.

The man who was taken into custody is also a white male. The suspect was taken into custody on Underwood Road in Whitfield County near Coahulla Creek, which is not far from the scene, and was going to be interviewed late Monday night, Swiney said. No further information about the suspect was available.

Whitfield County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call to the scene shortly after 8:30 p.m. and after two minutes there called for the Whitfield County Coroner.

Whitfield County Coroner Bobbie Dixon pronounced the man dead at 9:05 p.m.

The dead man was found laying on his back on the pavement of the convenience store parking lot, with his feet on the back floorboard of the vehicle. He had several lacerations and stab wounds, Dixon said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.

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