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Fight over money, drugs, leads to fatal stabbing

Jayme Frase, Houston Chronicle
Updated 10:27 am, Friday, March 15, 2013
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An argument over money and drugs led to a fatal stabbing Thursday morning in east Harris County, authorities said.

Patrol officers and paramedics responded at 2 a.m. to a call about a stabbing in the 800 block of Steele Road, east of South Main, according to a news release from the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Charles Coker, 32, was found face up in a driveway with a bleeding stab wound to the torso and declared dead.

Homicide investigators arrested Joshua Grabow, 20, at a Baytown apartment complex Thursday afternoon, said Tebben Lewis, a spokeswoman with the sheriff's office. Grabow is in jail after being charged with murder, according to a release.

Witnesses told police that Coker and Grabow were arguing before the stabbing, and investigators later learned they fought over money and drugs, according to a release.

In 2012, Grabow was charged with assault after allegedly choking, hitting and biting his wife while under the influence of crystal meth, according to county court records. He was released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond in that ongoing case. Records also show that in 2011, he pleaded guilty on another domestic violence charge and to theft.