CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. - A man has been charged with stabbing and killing his brother-in-law.
Carrollton police officers took Melvin Cordero Barkley, 30, into custody Friday morning.
Police said that following an argument, Barkley stabbed 23-year-old Tyler Waters at the Carrollton Apartment Complex.
Bleeding profusely, Waters drove off in his truck but didn't get far.
“They found the victim in his truck deceased,” said Carrollton Police Deputy Chief Chris Dobbs. “He did have a wound to his neck. We’re waiting on the autopsy report to find out exactly what caused that wound."
Authorities believe there was some type of family disturbance or family argument between the two men.
Friends said Waters, the young father of an 8-month-old girl, was engaged to be married. He recently opened this auto repair shop with his father, Larry.
"I just came down here last night and helped him close the shop down," said Chris Jordan, a friend of Waters. "He said I'll call you in a little bit. Next thing you know, I get a phone call I didn't want to hear."
Jordan was best friends with Tyler.
"Tyler is a good guy. Good guy, family guy. Do anything for people," Jordan said.
Barkley said he was just defending himself.
Family and friends of the victim are planning a fundraising effort for his fiancee and children.
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