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Suspect in screwdriver stabbing says he didn't do it

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Forty-two-year-old Emanuel Parker says he has been in and out of the hospital since September 5th.

That's when Columbus Police found him lying in the trailer park where he lives off Morris Road with stab wounds.

"I looked down and my intestines were sticking out," he tells News Leader 9.

Police testified that Parker was dragging his girlfriend home because she had been drinking. That's when they say 54-year-old Charles Michael Rias,who lives in the same trailer park, came to her defense. Somewhere in the scuffle, Parker was stabbed.

But Parker paints a different picture.

"He involved himself in an argument between me and my girlfriend," he said of Rias.

Parker says he thought Rias punched him at first but then realized he had been stabbed twice.

When police arrested Rias, he had the screwdriver in his back pocket but investigators say they didn't see any blood on it.

According to police, Rias refused to tell them why he had it and only looked down when they asked about the stabbing.

Rias told the judge in court he had the screwdriver to work on his car and that he didn't do it.

"I don't understand why he said he didn't stab me. I'm trying to see how my intestines were hanging out if he didn't stab me," Parker said.

As for Parker's girlfriend, she told the judge she wasn't there to support her boyfriend of three years but for Rias, who she calls a "good Samaritan." She says she never saw a weapon and doesn't know who is responsible foe the crime.

"I was shocked with her responsive especially for her to come here and tell a lie and something that didn't even happen. I want justice served," Parker added.

Charles Michael Rias is being held in the Muscogee County Jail without bond.

His case has been bound over to Muscogee County Superior Court.

Police say Rias has faced burglary and aggravated battery charges but not in Georgia.


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