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Man's stabbing charges upgraded to murder

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man who allegedly slit a Snellville man's throat at the Yellow River Park earlier this week has been charged with murder.

Charles Martin Coats, 56, was originally charged with felony aggravated assault after he allegedly cut 50-year-old William Scott Carr's neck Wednesday.

After Carr died Thursday afternoon at the Emory Eastside Hospital, the charges were upgraded, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department. Coats also faces an aggravated assault charge, according to the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department's Web site.

Coats remains in jail without bond after he allegedly cut Carr's throat while Carr was walking his dog at the Stone Mountain park.

Moloney said Carr and Coats had been involved in an altercation in the past.