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Grand jury indicts man in stabbing death

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man was indicted this week on charges he stabbed his brother to death during a brawl in May.

Jason Pirkle is accused of killing his younger brother, Tracy Pirkle, outside an apartment where they resided on Hampton Square Drive in Lawrenceville.

The elder Pirkle allegedly plunged a four-inch pocket knife into his brother's body six times during a drunken, shirtless brawl May 16.

Tracy Pirkle died in an area hospital from a stab to his heart an hour after the fight, police have said.

A grand jury handed down a six-count indictment this week implicating Jason Pirkle in the killing. He faces charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. His arraignment, where he could enter a plea, is expected within a month. He remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Police said the deadly fight was triggered when Tracy Pirkle struck his wife after the couple argued about a misplaced wallet.

The victim's wife, Brittany Pirkle, has denied that. She claims Jason Pirkle was fueled by alcohol and prescription Xanax pills when he attacked his brother.

But two weeks after the slaying, Brittany Pirkle found herself in jail - along with her sister, Jessica Clanton - for allegedly intimidating a witness who saw her husband's death.

Both women posted $2,850 bond and were released the day of their arrest.

In other news, two men were indicted on charges they spied on customers undressing at Gwinnett retail stores last year.

The first of the separate incidents happened Sept. 8, when the manager of a Hibbett Sports store in Lilburn allegedly climbed a ladder and peered down at a female patron through a ceiling tile, police said at the time.

Gregory Alan Christian, 21, of Lawrenceville, faces one count of peeping tom, according to the indictment.

Buford resident Patrick Abel was also indicted on a count of peeping tom this week.

Patrick was arrested Nov. 11 after he was discovered in a women's bathroom inside the Mall of Georgia, police said.

A woman complained to security that Abel, then 19, was peering through spaces in the stall doors as women entered the restroom.