Athens man indicted for allegedly slashing UGA student’s throat

Cedric Courtes Smith

An Athens-Clarke County grand jury recently indicted a 26-year-old Athens man for allegedly slashing the throat of a University of Georgia student at an eastside bus stop.

 

Grand jurors charged Cedric Cortes Smith with aggravated assault, according to the indictment filed last month in Clarke County Superior Court. Smith, who has been held without bail since his arrest, is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.

The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. Aug. 17, when officers were dispatched to an assault off Mark Twain Circle, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The victim told police he was walking on the sidewalk in front of the UGA Veterinary Clinic near the bus stop when Smith began speaking to him while holding his hands behind his back. Then the suspect approached and punched the student, police said.

The victim told police he began to run, but the suspect chased him. However, he was able to get away, police said.

Police noted that the victim had a large, deep laceration to the left side of his neck that was bleeding.

A description of the suspect was provided and a short time later, Smith, who fit the description, was located on Barnett Shoals Road near Carriage Court, police said.

Smith was identified as the attacker and arrested on a charge of aggravated assault, police said.

The student’s injuries were said at the time by police to not be life-threatening.

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