ROGERSVILLE — The owner of the Final Lap bar in Mooresburg was arrested over the weekend for allegedly stabbing a bar patron during an argument early Saturday morning.
Hawkins County Sheriff Roger Christian said Monday that the incident is still under investigation, and deputies have heard two conflicting accounts of the stabbing, which occurred about 2:45 a.m. Saturday at the bar.
Based on a statement given by the alleged victim, Ray C. Burchett, 38, of Mooresburg, bar owner David Ray Miller, 60, 9945 Highway 11-W, Mooresburg, has been charged with one count of aggravated assault.
According to a report filed by Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chad Gillenwater, deputies were dispatched to the bar where they met Burchett in the parking lot. Burchett had a deep laceration on his left hand.
“Mr. Burchett stated that he was inside the bar, at which time he observed the owner of the bar, David Ray Miller, being somewhat aggressive with his girlfriend,” Gillenwater stated in his report. “Mr. Burchett states that he asked Mr. Miller to leave her alone, at which time a dispute took place between the two. (Burchett alleged) Miller began pushing him and making threats to kill him.
“Mr. Burchett said Miller then lost his balance and fell, at which time Mr. Burchett tried to assist him up.”
Burchett told the deputy it was at that moment that Miller pulled a pocketknife from his pocket and stabbed Burchett in the left hand.
Miller wasn’t at the bar when deputies arrived. He was arrested on the aggravated assault warrant at his home early Sunday morning.
Christian told the Times-News Monday that Miller’s statement contradicts some of the things that Burchett said about the incident. Christian wouldn’t reveal the contents of Miller’s statement but did say the incident is still under investigation.
Burchett was treated for the knife wound at Lakeway Regional Hospital.
Miller’s girlfriend, Christina Wade Collins, 30, also of 9945 Highway 11-W, Mooresburg, was arrested during the stabbing investigation Saturday on charges including public intoxication and resisting arrest.
Gillenwater stated in his report that she exited the bar while he was questioning Burchett, and when he told Collins to stop she refused and was taken into custody following a brief struggle.
Miller will be arraigned in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Dec. 3, while Collins will be arraigned Dec. 1