One woman dead, another in custody after fatal stabbing

A woman died this afternoon after being stabbed during an altercation in Cherry Tree Crossing housing project, and the Richmond County Sheriff’s department said they have another woman in custody as a suspect.

Lt. Scott Peebles said Courtney Smith, 18, is facing a murder charge in the death of Melissa House, 21, of Blakeley Street. The incident occurred after 3 p.m. inside a home on the 1400 block of Tobias Court, and the victim was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital at 3:25 p.m. today, Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said.

“All I can tell you is she had multiple stab wounds on the left side of her body,” he added.

Ms. House’s body will be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab in Augusta on Wednesday morning.

 

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