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Man arrested in church parking lot stabbing case

Posted July 4, 2008

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— Police arrested a Raleigh man Thursday in connection with a double stabbing in a church parking lot earlier that day.

Paul Douglas Cherry, 43, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury.

Investigators say Cherry and two other men were drinking in the parking lot of Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, 618 Hillsborough St., around 3 a.m.

They got into an argument, and Cherry stabbed the other two, police said.

Emergency crews took Clem Boyd, 42, and Gregory Bethay, 44, to WakeMed in Raleigh. They were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released in the afternoon.

Cherry has a lengthy criminal record dating to 1987 in Wake County.

He has been convicted of various assault charges five times, as well felonious restraint, resisting and obstructing public officers, breaking-and-entering and drug offenses.

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  • Durham-Raleigh Jul 4, 2008

    Glad I live in Durham!

  • Tax Man Jul 4, 2008

    "Cherry has a lengthy criminal record dating to 1987 in Wake County.

    He has been convicted of various assault charges five times, as well felonious restraint, resisting and obstructing public officers, breaking-and-entering and drug offenses."

    Sounds like a real professional, habitual felon - needs a life without possibility of parole sentence. Why are people like this ever let out of prison? Obviously this man has no respect for the law or for his fellow man. He is an animal that cannot be trained to live within society so he needs to be locked up in a Maximum security prison forever.

    I think the prison/parole/probation system needs an audit - they keep letting these really evil people out among us when they should never be allowed to see the light of day again. Call it preventive maintenance.

  • Just the facts mam Jul 4, 2008

    Keep him in prison where he can not hurt or rob people - he obviously is not interested in being an asset to society.

  • sleepyj Jul 4, 2008

    "Raleigh is unsafe. Travel with caution." Now THAT IS hysterical coming from someone named DurhamDude !!!!!

  • pattip574 Jul 4, 2008

    Why in the world was this man free?

  • DurhamDude Jul 4, 2008

    Raleigh is unsafe. Travel with caution.

  • colliedave Jul 4, 2008

    Put him away as a lifetime felom. He can work the fields at Calendona Farms from sun-up to sun-down.

  • Rabid_Wolf_3 Jul 4, 2008

    You go back, Jack, do it again. Wheels turning round and round . . .