Jeffrey Nelms, 28, was critically injured outside of The Place Bar & Grill near the corner of Sandy Plains Road and Canton Road, according to Marietta Police. He remained in a medically induced coma Thursday.
A verbal altercation escalated when police say John Myer of Smyrna stabbed Nelms once in the chest with a folding pocketknife, according to the arrest warrant.
Myer, 28, was arrested at 2:22 a.m. Sunday on Shadybrook Drive on charges of aggravated assault.
Myer was released that afternoon on a $35,000 bond.
An online fundraising page, youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/jeff-nelms-fundraising-/126287, was set up Thursday by Jami Johnson for Nelms, who had emergency heart surgery earlier this week.
By Thursday afternoon, 44 supporters had given money to help Nelms’ wife, Kelly Mankin, with donations ranging from $10 to $450.
“He doesn’t have insurance and his work does not have short-term disability and he is the sole provider for his family, making the next few weeks incredibly difficult,” Johnson wrote online.
Nelms is from Marietta, and, according to his Facebook profile, graduated from Sprayberry High in 2004.