The following press release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced May 8th, 2017 arrest of 54-year-old Jackie Slaughter, a Robbinsville, North Carolina resident, for charges stemming from a knife attack.
At about 10 pm on the night of the incident, Cherokee County Communications received a call from a resident on West Memorial Drive in Andrews, North Carolina. The reporting party made complaint that a male subject was laying on their front porch bleeding and was in need of medical attention. Members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Andrews Police Department along with Cherokee County EMS and Valleytown Rescue arrived and found 30-year-old Cody White in a near lifeless condition. EMS performed lifesaving actions and White was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he remains as of the writing of this release.
Investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, along with Investigators with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, continued the investigation which included a search of the residence where the assault had taken place. Several items of evidence were collected and retained pending further investigation and presentation at trial. Based upon evidence collected along with interviews of witnesses Slaughter was arrested.
Slaughter was charged with Assault With a Deadly Weapon With the Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and was given a $50,000 secure bond. Slaughter is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center awaiting a May 23rd, 2017 District Court date.
Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated, “We are still investigating this crime and so far have no indication as to what provoked Slaughter to commit the assault on Mr. White. As we know Jackie Slaughter is no stranger to the judicial system in Western North Carolina. We are grateful for excellent team work by everyone concerned. Because we are a small community being able to call upon outside assets and join them with local is a real blessing.”
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