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Suspects sought in stabbing

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS -- The Conyers Police Department has one Covington woman in custody and is on the lookout for two more in connection with the stabbing of a 52-year-old Conyers woman Saturday night. A witness at the scene used his phone to videotape the incident.

Lt. Jackie Dunn said authorities are looking for Tracey Heard, 35, 9144 Bent Pine Court, Covington, and another Covington woman in connection with the stabbing incident that sent the victim to an Atlanta area hospital via Lifeflight air ambulance.

Police arrested Latoya Darty, 35, 10147 Settlers Grove Road, Covington, on Monday with assistance from the Newton County Sheriff's Office. Dunn said Darty is charged with being a party to the crime of aggravated battery. Heard faces charges of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon in addition to other possible charges. Investigators do not yet have a confirmed identity of the third suspect, Dunn said.

The victim in the incident, a resident of Green Street in Conyers, was in stable condition Monday, Dunn said. She sustained "six or seven" cuts and stabs, Dunn said, "including some very bad cuts across her face and throat." She also sustained wounds to her midsection and abdomen, according to the incident report.

Dunn said police were called to 1078 Adcock Circle, Conyers, around 8:30 p.m. Saturday in reference to a person down. When officers arrived they found the victim laying in the front yard of the house with other people standing around.

"While we were there, a gentleman comes forward and says, 'Hey, I have that on my videophone," Dunn said. "And basically you see (Heard) standing over (the victim) ... and they are arguing about something and (Heard) takes a razor knife across her throat and then gets on her and cuts her repeatedly."

Dunn said the victim appeared to be intoxicated and the victim and suspect had apparently been arguing throughout the afternoon.

The residence at 1078 Adcock Circle served as a gathering place on Saturday afternoon, with people dropping by and leaving.

"It was just some people out drinking on their porch in the afternoon, and you can see on the video that some people stop by and visit for a few minutes and there's no problem," Dunn said.

The three suspects came to Adcock Circle together and left together, he said. He added it is not clear if Heard knew the victim prior to Saturday.

Dunn said one aspect of this case is more troubling than most.

"It's bad enough to have a violent incident like a stabbing," Dunn said. "But this one is really appalling in that you see in the video while she is being attacked there are several people around while this is taking place and they take no action," he said.