Byrd identified the man as Billy Gene Stewart. A suspect in the stabbing, James Nathaniel Nash, 46, of East Mountain, remains jailed on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but the incident will be presented to the county grand jury as a murder case, Byrd said.
The assault charge was filed before Stewart died in the emergency room at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, authorities said. Stewart was stabbed in the chest with a knife in the backyard of a home on Farm-to-Market Road 3358 after a “verbal altercation” between people attending “a planned gathering,” East Mountain interim Police Chief Betty Davis said.
Byrd released Stewart’s name after Ms. Davis said she would not identify him because his family did not want his name released. Ms. Davis said she arrested Nash at the scene near the First Baptist Church of Glenwood after authorities received a disturbance call at 3:30 a.m. July 28.