Argument leads to stabbing outside Little River bar; man arrested

Argument leads to stabbing outside Little River bar; man arrested

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) – A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a stabbing outside the Swing Bridge Saloon in the Little River area of Horry County.

According to an Horry County police report, officers responded to the bar on Sea Mountain Highway at 1:30 a.m. for a stabbing call and found the victim on a bench holding towels on his bleeding stomach.

The victim told police Christopher Turner, 28, of North Myrtle Beach, followed him to the bar and accused him of seeing his girlfriend.

Scott Graustein, a prosecutor for the Horry County Solicitor's Office, spoke about that at Turner's bond hearing Thursday afternoon.

"The detective, what he put in his warrant was in a post-Miranda statement. The defendant did admit that he had been following the victim in this case, had been tracking him and that this was over a girlfriend situation," Graustein said.

A fight ensued and ended up in the parking lot next to Swing Bridge Saloon, where Turner stabbed the victim, according to the police report, in the left abdomen and the left cheek.

According to Graustein, an officer said Turner took his knife out and then initiated the assault.

A witness identified Turner by referencing his Facebook page. He left in a pickup truck toward North Myrtle Beach and was later arrested and charged with attempted murder.

"The state considers the defendant to be a threat to the community in that he would follow somebody around tracking their movements until he chose a moment to assault him and strike him while armed with a deadly weapon," Graustein said.

"There was some difficulty between Mr. Turner and the victim and we will have to sort out exactly what happened and how it happened," said Mary Ashley Martin, a defense attorney representing Turner.

Graustein asked the judge Thursday for no bond or the implementation of some kind of monitoring, but the judge granted Turner a $40,000 surety bond with the condition that he stays with family in Lumberton, North Carolina.

The brother of the victim spoke during the bond hearing, saying his family lives within a mile of Turner, although they had no relationship. The defendant will not be allowed to move back to North Myrtle Beach for now under the condition of his bond.

"He has no prior history. We still don't know exactly what happened between he and this victim. That has to be sorted out," Martin said. "I believe that as long as he's not living in the North Myrtle Beach community and there's no contact or opportunity for them to see each other that that won't be a problem should you let him out on bond."

The victim was taken to the hospital for surgery, the police report said.

The victim's brother said he has been moved from the ICU to the trauma unit, where he could stay for another week.

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