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Upshur DA Releases Name of Stabbing Victim

Aug. 14, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

GILMER--Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd on Monday released the name of a 35-year-old Longview man who died after being stabbed in the city of East Mountain on July 28.

Byrd identified him as Billy Gene Stewart. A suspect in the stabbing, 46-year-old James Nathaniel Nash of East Mountain, was released on a $50,000 surety bond August 8.

Stewart was stabbed in the chest with a knife in the back yard of a home on Farm-to-Market Road 3358 after a "verbal altercation" between people at "a planned gathering," said East Mountain interim Police Chief Betty Davis.

Byrd released Stewart's name after Ms. Davis said she would not identify him because his family did not want his name released. She had said she arrested Nash at the scene near the First Baptist Church of Glenwood after authorities received a disturbance call at 3:30 a.m. July 28.



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