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Merriwether Man Recovering from Weekend Stabbing in Johnston

web posted January 16, 2013

JOHNSTON – A Johnston man remains behind bars and a Merriwether man is recovering after being stabbed in an altercation in Johnston Saturday afternoon. Lester Williams, 55, of Sandra Drive, was arrested a short time after the stabbing making his getaway on a bicycle. Williams is accused of coming to a home on the 1000 block of Columbia Road uninvited and began arguing with three men at the home just before he stabbed one of the men, wounding him seriously.

The 35-year-old Merriwether man was taken to the Trauma Center in Augusta by ambulance for treatment of his wounds. Witnesses told Sheriff's Deputies that Williams was armed with a knife in one hand and a razor in the other hand when the attack took place. There have been no updates on the victim's condition.

No weapons were recovered at the time of Williams' arrest.

The injuries received by the victim were described as "lacerations to the torso," according to an incident report released Tuesday.

Williams has been charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and is currently being held on a $10,000 cash bond requirement. According to court records Williams has requested a preliminary hearing on the charge.

Williams is more than familiar to local law enforcement agencies. According to a search of county court records Williams has been arrested for dozens of charges dating back to 1985 that range from disorderly conduct, criminal domestic violence, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (4 previous), resisting arrest, burglary, grand larceny, house breaking, drugs, escape or attempted escape, trespassing and assault.

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