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Charges upgraded to murder against Braselton woman after assault victim dies

A woman previously charged with attempted murder after deputies found a man bleeding and unconscious in a Braselton bathtub has had her charges upgraded to murder after the victim died, according to jail records.

Monique Pinckney, 52, of Braselton faces two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault in the death of James Patrick Pritchard Jr., 29, of Durango, Colorado. Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum confirmed the death and the upgraded charges late Monday.

Jackson County deputies first responded to a “possible dispute” around 6:30 p.m. May 8 at a Robert Drive home in Braselton, Mangum wrote in a previous news release. 

After midnight, the 911 center received a call from Pinckney, “who stated there was a male subject bleeding from his cheek, stating he burned it on something and was in the bathtub having difficulty breathing and was unconscious,” Mangum wrote.

“A deputy arrived on the scene at which time Monique Pinckney walked out the front door telling the deputy it was her fault, stating she hit him and he was in the bathtub,” Mangum wrote.

Pinckney was then arrested. Pritchard was taken in critical condition to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville “with numerous injuries to his head and body,” Mangum said.

An obituary in the Durango Herald says Pritchard died May 22. 

News Editor Nate McCullough contributed to this report.

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