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Bethune man charged with attempted murder

Knife attack was allegedly over crack cocaine

Posted: June 3, 2014 4:31 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested a Bethune man on Friday, charging him with attempted murder after allegedly attacking another man with a knife.

According to a KCSO press release, Sheriff Jim Matthews said Larry Darnell Johnson, 57, of Mulberry Drive, Bethune, allegedly cut his victim across the chest with a knife, barely missing the other man’s carotid artery. Matthews said Johnson and the victim had been drinking together at a Bethune residence when they got into an argument over crack cocaine.

Dispatchers sent deputies to the victim’s home, where the injured man had fled after the attack. EMS transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, deputies went to Johnson’s residence and found him with the knife in his hand. He refused to come outside, but deputies ultimately convinced Johnson to surrender, allowing them to seize the knife.

A KCSO investigator met with the victim in an emergency room where the victim reportedly received 41 staples to close his wounds and then was released. Although the victim did not admit to arguing over crack cocaine, he did provide a statement to the investigator detailing what had happened.

Deputies took Johnson to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he is still awaiting a bond hearing. Online jail records showed he was still in custody as of Tuesday.

Matthews said Johnson has a criminal record going back more than 35 years. He has been previously arrested for burglary, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, grand larceny, assault on an officer while resisting arrest, malicious injury to personal property, failure to stop for a blue light, trespassing after notice, simple assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful use of telephone, shoplifting, public disorderly conduct and numerous breach of peace charges.

“Larry Johnson has been a regular customer of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office since 1976 when he was first arrested for burglary,” Matthews said in the release. “This most recent arrest is the most serious and it is my hope that if convicted of this crime, his sentence will appropriately reflect that. He needs to be taken out of circulation and put in prison.”


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