Judge sets surety bond for suspect in Marion Square stabbing

VIDEO: Police: Man in custody after Marion Square stabbing

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge set bond Monday for the man accused of stabbing another man Sunday afternoon in downtown Charleston.

Billy Kendrick, 58, of Charleston, is charged with second-degree assault and battery in connection with the stabbing of a victim in Marion Square at approximately 12:50 p.m. Sunday, according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis.

A judge set a $30,000 surety bond for Kendrick Monday afternoon.

According to an affidavit, Kendrick admitted to detectives he stabbed victim William Walton Jr.

Walton, who witnesses said was sleeping at the time of the attack, was stabbed in the neck and upper back with a screwdriver, according to police. He was transported to MUSC for treatment of four stab wounds and is expected to be released, police said.

According to the incident report, police were already in Marion Square Sunday responding to an open container incident when the stabbing occurred.

Francis said police patrol the Marion Square area on bike and on foot, in addition to patrol cars and surveillance cameras.

Investigators are working to determine why the stabbing occurred and the investigation is ongoing but said Kendrick and the victim know each other.

No witnesses or family members were present for either man in the courtroom Monday.

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