Man injured in domestic dispute
by Wes Mayer
A woman was charged with aggravated assault after Newnan Police officers responded to a domestic dispute and found a man had been injured by a knife.
Around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Officer Steven White with the Newnan Police Department responded to a home on Murray Street in reference to a stabbing. According to White, when he arrived, he met with the suspect, Mahogany Santrice Prather, 32, who said, “I did it. I stabbed him.” He also found the male victim, Jeremie Parks, 26, who was standing on the porch holding a T-shirt to a laceration on the back of his neck.
Emergency medical units arrived, treated Parks and transported him to Piedmont Newnan Hospital. White then spoke to Prather to hear her side of the story.
Prather told White the incident began when her phone rang around 6 a.m. while she and Parks were lying in bed. This caused an argument between the two that ended when Parks got on top of Prather and Prather scratched him in the face. Later, they began to fight again, and Prather said she went to the bathroom and locked herself inside for about 15 minutes.
According to White, Prather said when she came out of the bathroom, she walked into the kitchen and found Parks had dropped her phone into the sink and filled it with water. When she confronted Parks about this, she said he grabbed her by the neck and slammed her into the wall, and that was when she saw and grabbed the knife off the counter.
After this, Parks locked himself into the bedroom, and Prather began hearing loud noise, so she ran outside, looked into the bedroom window and saw Parks was tearing up the bedroom. According to White, Prather said Parks then came to the window and hit it, breaking the glass. Prather said she then picked up a shard of glass and threw it at Parks, hitting him in the forehead. Prather then climbed through the window with the knife, and when she walked toward Parks, he struck her in the chin with a closed fist, so she poked him with the knife, left the residence and called 911.
White said he observed a cut on Prather’s chin and a mark under her right eye, but she refused treatment. Due to her statement and the evidence at the scene, White then charged Prather with aggravated assault with a knife and transported her to the Coweta County Jail.
According to White, he later went to Piedmont Newnan Hospital to speak to Parks, who said that after he broke Prather’s phone, she began hitting him and tried to take his phone away. When she couldn’t get his phone, she grabbed the knife and said, “I’m going to stab you.” He then locked himself in the bedroom and called his uncle to pick him up.
Parks told White that Prather then walked around to the bedroom window so she could get in, and the window was open, so Parks slammed it shut. This caused the window to shatter, and Prather came in with the knife. Parks then grabbed the lid off a large container to shield himself, and he thought he may have to hit her in the chin with the lid. After this, Prather stabbed him in the back of the neck and he was able to jump out the window.
He then ran to his uncle, who had arrived, and asked his uncle to call 911. White said he did not notice any marks on Parks’ hands, and he advised him of temporary protective order procedures.