Cops: Man Slashes Friend in Throat During Fight for Shotgun Seat

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A 34-year-old Rodessa man is in custody accused of cutting his friend's throat with a box cutter.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says Richard Lee Brooks Junior, was booked Monday on charges of aggravated second-degree battery and possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon. Prator says Brooks also had two outstanding warrants.

The sheriff's office says Deputy Chris Wray saw a Jeep run a traffic light and then pull into the North Caddo Medical Center in Vivian.

James Douglas Lawrence, who had just turned 25 that day, got out of the passenger's side with a bloody shirt around his neck. Wray says Lawrence, Brooks and two women had just left a nearby business when the two men began arguing about who would ride in the front seat. During the argument, Lawrence's throat was cut.