WARNER ROBINS -- An argument over $20 led to a stabbing Saturday night in the 400 block of Johnson Court in Kathleen.
Marcus Andrea Durham, 54, was taken to Houston Medical Center for treatment of a stab wound in his left shoulder. Meanwhile, Timothy Stewart, 32, was take to the Medical Center, Navicent Health, in Macon for a stab wound in the chest, according to a Houston County sheriff’s incident report.
Stewart is facing an aggravated assault charge in the 9:08 p.m. incident that witnesses at a child’s birthday party told deputies took place in the street, said sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland.
Stewart also has an outstanding warrant on a probation violation from Ben Hill County, Holland said.
Durham and Stewart gave deputies conflicting versions of what happened, according to the report.
When deputies arrived at the birthday party that was being held in a home’s driveway, they found Durham sitting in a chair with a towel over his stab wound. Emergency medical workers then whisked him away to the hospital.
At the hospital, Durham told deputies that Stewart approached him at the party and asked him for $20 to fill a medicine prescription. Durham said he told Stewart that he didn’t have any money and that he thought Stewart would use the money for drugs. Durham said he asked Stewart to leave.
Later, according to the report, Stewart called Durham and asked him to go to his house down the road on Johnson Court and he would explain why he needed the money. When he arrived, Durham said Stewart didn’t talk but came at him with two knives. The men struggled, fell to the ground and Durham was stabbed as he made his getaway. He returned home and called 911.
Meanwhile, Stewart fled the scene but left behind a bloody shirt in the home that he apparently shares with his mother, according to the report. He later returned home, where deputies caught up with him.
Stewart told deputies he asked to borrow $20 from Durham, who refused, and that he then called Durham and asked him to go to his house. But Stewart alleged that Durham, who has not been charged in the incident, arrived and starting swinging a knife. Stewart also told deputies he owes Durham $100.
According to Stewart’s version of events outlined in the sheriff’s report, “When the fight was over ... they stood up, shook hands and went their separate ways.”
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