Augusta woman nurses man stabbed by son-in-law

By: Lynnsey Gardner
By: Lynnsey Gardner

October 22, 2006

A south Augusta man is recovering after he was stabbed by his son-in-law.

31-year-old Steven Kerrigan is in jail charged with stabbing James Williams with an 11-inch knife.

Williams was in and out of consciousness as he ran down the street to a neighbor's house for help.

For Annette Thurmond, the 4 a.m. wake up call is one she will never forget.

"All I know was he knocked on my door and I thought it was one of my kids...and he fell right here," Thurmond told News 12.

The spot where he fell is still covered with Clorox stains. It's where Thurmond looked after James Williams until help arrived.

She even wrapped him in blankets and gave him a pillow.

"It was terrible," she said. "I was like, 'Oh, God'...and then when he rolled over that's what really got me, and I was like, 'Ugh...what's that?' And my daughter said, 'That was his guts,' and I said, 'Oh my god!'"

Williams had stumbled across the street after authorities say he was stabbed by Kerrigan.

"Only thing he'd tell me, he'd been cut, he'd been cut," Thurmond said. "I had seen his ear was bleeding, and I seen the blood on him. It wasn't till he rolled over that I seen his guts was hanging out."

It all started around 4 a.m. at 2521 Argonne Circle, where Williams lived with his common law wife Vicki Beam. Beam tells News 12 the fight started because Williams demanded drug money from her son. She says when Kerrigan refused, Williams turned violent and her son acted in self defense.

The violent fight ended up at Thurmond's front doorstep.

"I just pray to God no one else comes to my door like that," she said. "I don't want to see something else like that."

A vision she still sees evidence of at her doorstep, in her front yard, and on her street.

"I pray he be alright...that's the only thing I can thank god for," she said. "At least he made it to where he knew somebody was going to help him."

Williams is recovering from surgery at MCG.

The suspect, Steve Kerrigan, was booked into the Richmond County Jail early this morning. He faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. No bond has been set.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
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