Chief Davis said Sunday night her investigation was continuing into the death of the 35-year-old man. In an email sent to The Mirror Tuesday morning, she said his family did not want his name released and “I will respect their wishes.”
James Nathaniel Nash was being held under $1 million bond in the Upshur County Jail in Gilmer on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, she said. That charge was filed before the victim died sometime Friday morning in the emergency room at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, according to information from Chief Davis and Upshur County Dist. Atty. Billy Byrd.
“Charges will be upgraded since the victim has died, but the arrest record will not be changed,” Chief Davis said in her email. Byrd told The Mirror Tuesday that the case will be presented to the county Grand Jury as a murder case.
Chief Davis said she and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office were called to a disturbance involving a stabbing in the 7200 block of FM Road 3358 at 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Longview man was stabbed in the chest with a knife in the back yard of the home after there was a “verbal altercation” between persons attending “a planned gathering,” she said.
Several persons were present when the incident occurred, Chief Davis added.
The interim chief said she arrested Nash at the scene, which is near the First Baptist Church of Glenwood. “After he was jailed, we learned that the victim had died,” she said.
A judge in Gregg County ordered an autopsy be performed on the man, she said. Chief Davis said she did not know the judge’s name.
She expressed gratitude to the Sheriff’s Office, Longview Police Department and Gilmer Police Department for their assistance, saying she “could not have done the investigation without those agencies helping me.”