Crime

When he stepped in to defend his mom, he was stabbed instead, sheriff says

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said a Latimer man is in custody after an argument with his son escalated into a stabbing.

The Thursday morning incident began just after 8 a.m., Ezell said.

A 24-year-old man was stabbed in the back by 45-year-old Franky Lee Wingate after the younger man stepped in to defend his mother, Ezell said. Wingate is charged with two counts of domestic violence by aggravated assault.

Ezell said Wingate was trying to prevent his wife from leaving the residence and produced a knife, which started the altercation.

Wingate received minor injuries in the incident.

Both men were taken to the hospital for treatment.

“We had a domestic dispute that turned violent,” Ezell said.

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