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Decatur man facing attempted murder charge after stabbing at Decatur residence, police say
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Decatur man facing attempted murder charge after stabbing at Decatur residence, police say

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DECATUR — A 52-year-old man is facing an attempted murder charge after police say he stabbed a 25-year-old man numerous times in the neck, face and chest.

Sgt. Chris Copeland said Atheree T. Chaney, 52, of Decatur, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning at his home in the 200 block of East Center after police conducted their investigation.

Copeland said police were sent at 10:23 p.m. Tuesday to the 1300 block of North Water Street and found a man bleeding from his face profusely.

The man was sent to Decatur Memorial Hospital, where he received immediate surgery, according to a sworn affidavit. He was unable to be interviewed about the incident due to being rushed to surgery.

Copeland said an investigation led police to Chaney’s address.

According to court documents, Chaney told officers he, his wife and the 25-year-old were at his home in the 200 block of East Center and they all split crack cocaine to smoke.

Chaney said after the 25-year-old smoked his portion of crack cocaine, he asked for Chaney's, a sworn affidavit said. When Chaney refused, he reached for the crack cocaine and a fight broke out.

Court documents say Chaney told police he swung the knife at the man who left the home after being cut in the face. He told police he didn't call police because drugs were involved.

Bail was set at $200,000, meaning he needs $20,000 to bond out of jail. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites

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