Man charged in Reunion stabbing

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
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A Rhome man turned himself in to Decatur Police Tuesday in connection with a July 25 stabbing at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion.

Derry Shannon Jones Jr.

Derry Shannon Jones Jr., 42, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and booked into Wise County Jail. He was released on a $35,000 bond.

Decatur Police Detective Daniel Sandate said Jones was allegedly taking beer from people’s coolers without permission. Just before midnight, he was confronted about it by Chris Fletcher of Slidell.

According to Sandate, the two got into a fight, and Jones pulled a knife, stabbing Fletcher in the hand and grazing his torso, across his stomach and back.

There were multiple witnesses to the incident, one of whom said, “Jones did stab Fletcher and continued to sling the knife at Fletcher,” according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Sandate said the knife was not recovered, but witnesses thought it was a pocketknife.

No medical treatment was administered at the scene, but Fletcher was later taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

The affidavit says Fletcher received 12 stitches in his left thumb and suffered “small abrasions on his upper abdomen and mid, left side on his back.”

Although Jones was identified the night of the incident, he fled the scene after the fight.

Sandate said after an investigation confirmed that Jones was the person involved, an arrest warrant was issued July 30, and he turned himself in Aug. 5.

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