Warner Robins man found not guilty in 2009 stabbing

bpurser@macon.comMay 25, 2012 

PERRY -- After deliberating about five hours, a Houston County jury found a Warner Robins man not guilty Friday of two counts of aggravated assault in a 2009 stabbing.

Benjy Merriweather, 60, was accused of stabbing Rocky McElroy, the adult son of his fiancee, Oct. 24, 2009 during a domestic dispute in the 200 block of Summerhill Place. Merriweather’s fiancee, Pamela Brown, sustained a minor injury.

Merriweather acted in self-defense, said Houston County Public Defender Nick White, who represented him.

“He’s very thankful,” White said by telephone. “He can now move on with his life.”

Merriweather, McElroy and Brown got into an argument, Merriweather went into his bedroom, and McElroy followed him inside carrying a handful of knives, White said. Merriweather pulled out a knife to defend himself, White said.

McElroy’s wounds were not life-threatening, and Brown suffered a superficial cut on the pinkie, White said. The couple remain together, White said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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