Carrollton police arrested Roy Lee Gates Jr., 26, who allegedly stabbed Robert Lee Hill Jr. of Carrollton following a “scuffle” over who had won the game.
Police suspect money was involved, but Capt. Chris Dobbs said police do not know how much money because it was gone before officers arrived.
Gates is expected to plead not guilty in front of Superior Court Judge John Simpson next Wednesday at 9 a.m., along with many more defendants in more than 100 cases.
Hill, 53, was taken to Tanner Medical Center, but was pronounced dead once there.
The men, along with several others, gathered on Gates’ front porch at the house he and his father share on Spring Street in Carrollton on the night of July 15. Gates, Hill and two other men were playing the popular card game spades.
Hill was stabbed once in each leg, in the chest and in the bicep.
Also planned to be arraigned Wednesday is the defendant in a vehicular homicide case. Bobby Lee Newman was indicted in August on charges of homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle and driving
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under the influence.
Newman will also be arraigned at 9 a.m., pleading guilty to Simpson. The 29-year-old man will be represented by Carrollton attorney Jason Swindle.
Assistant District Attorney Vincent Faucette said Newman was driving in Carrollton when he was involved in a one-car collision, resulting in the death of one passenger and serious injury to the other two.
Todd Goddard, 27, died from the February accident, and Richard Evans, 25, and Christopher Nestick, 26, were seriously injured.
Faucette said Newman was outside of the vehicle when responding officers arrived, but through witness statements, authorities were able to deduce Newman was driving.
When tested, Newman’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.
Also indicted and set for arraignment was James Edward Standish, a 19-year-old man charged with homicide by vehicle, among other charges.
Standish is accused of three counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of serious injury by vehicle and a count of driving under the influence under the age of 21.
The 19-year-old will be arraigned Wednesday, and is currently out on $50,000 bond.