Man fighting for life after stabbing outside local bar
by Rachel Gray
January 16, 2014 11:51 PM | 7383 views | 11 11 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jeffrey Nelms, who was critically injured after he was stabbed outside a local bar, is seen here with his wife, Kelly Mankin, and young children. <br> Special to the MDJ
Jeffrey Nelms, who was critically injured after he was stabbed outside a local bar, is seen here with his wife, Kelly Mankin, and young children.
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MARIETTA — A Sprayberry High School graduate is fighting for his life in a hospital after police say he was stabbed outside a local bar by a Smyrna man who was released from jail 12 hours later.

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.

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January 20, 2014
They don't have insurance, but he was forking out money at the bar. I bet the good tax payers of Marietta are forking out money for Peachcare or Medicaid for them kids.
Frankie Lee
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January 20, 2014
He didn't have insurance because his employer let the coverage lapse (while still deducting payments). He was trying to take his wife out for a nice dinner for her birthday. I bet you aren't even a taxpayer.
stewie griffin
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January 19, 2014
Why didn't family man sign up for obamacare?
Obama Lover
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January 17, 2014
Not too late too sign for the Affordable Care Act - no pre existing conditions !!!
Jack S
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January 17, 2014
Two things: First, it's sad that people can't settle differences without resorting to deadly force. I feel bad for the guy and his family. Secondly, how long do you have to be out of high school to still be referred to as a graduate? The guy was 28. He graduated in 2004, not last year.
Your Name
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January 20, 2014
Seriously though! This just in...Lassiter grad wins lottery....graduated in 85...
joeyh
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January 17, 2014
What was family man doing at this bar anyway.so much for family man
Idontloveit
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January 17, 2014
Joeyh: that's a judgmental thing to say. So parents aren't allowed to go out to bars? If anybody needs to go to a bar, it's a parent. :)

MatthewK
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January 18, 2014
He was there with his wife. They were out for her birthday with friends and were on their way home. Myer apparently accosted Mr. Nelms wife in the parking lot and Mr. Nelms moved between them and got stabbed for it.
Frankie Lee
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January 18, 2014
The Place Bar& Grill is a restaurant also.

-2/10 trolling attempt
Amelia T
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January 19, 2014
The family man was with his wife and a few friends celebrating birthdays. His kids were being taken care of by family members. What's wrong with that?

Sounds like a responsible person to me who surely did not deserve to be stabbed and have open heart surgery while the guy who almost killed him is out on bail living his life uninterpreted.
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