A South Carolina man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly engaged in a domestic dispute with his wife and stabbed her brother when he tried to intervene. The incident took place in Spartanburg County on Sept. 30.

According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, the defendant and his wife were having an argument in the backyard of a home when his wife screamed. Her brother heard the scream and went outside to help her. At that point, the defendant allegedly stabbed her brother and fled the scene on foot.

Deputies responded to the scene and searched for the defendant with the help of a K-9 officer. He was eventually found hiding behind a stack of cinder blocks in a small shed. Deputies searched him and allegedly found a pocket knife with suspected blood on it in his possession. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder, first-degree domestic violence, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a controlled substance. He was transported to the Spartanburg County Detention Center for processing. The victim was treated at an area hospital and released.

Individuals charged with violent crimes could help their situation by exercising their right to remain silent and contacting a criminal defense attorney for help. An attorney could help protect a client’s rights both before and during a trial. Legal counsel could also investigate the case and develop a strategy to challenge the allegations. In some cases, it may be possible to get the charges dismissed. In others, it may be advisable to negotiate for a plea bargain that reduces the penalties in exchange for a guilty plea.

Source: WLOS, “South Carolina man charged with attempted murder after weekend attack“, Kristy Steward, Oct. 1, 2018