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Man arrested in church parking lot stabbing case

Police have arrested a Raleigh man in connection with a double stabbing in a parking lot at Hillyer Memorial Christian Church.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — 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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