McClellanville man charged with attempted murder after stabbing

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A McClellanville man faces attempted murder charges after witnesses said he stabbed a man in a fight over a girl.

Wesley Howard Gerald, 18, of Tibwin Road in McClellanville was arrested Saturday and released from the Charleston County jail on $75,000 bail, according to incident reports and jail records.

Charleston County deputies got a call that two men were fighting at a house on U.S. Highway 17 north in McClellanville around 10:30 p.m. May 25.

They found that Nigel Vanderhorst, 26, of McClellanville had been stabbed with a knife, twice in the right arm and once in the thigh.

Witnesses told deputies Gerald banged on the front door and pushed his way into the house, ripped the phone line out of the wall, punched Vanderhorst in the face and stabbed him.

Vanderhorst's girlfriend told deputies Gerald was mad because she was with Vanderhorst instead of him.

After Gerald stabbed Vanderhorst, he took off his T-shirt and dropped it on the floor, told Vanderhorst's girlfriend he loved her and left the house with no shirt, according to the report.

A witness told deputies he saw Gerald running near the house with no shirt on.

Both Vanderhorst and his girlfriend identified Gerald from photographic lineups, according to the arrest affidavit.

Charleston police arrested Gerald at Allway Street and Hagood Avenue Saturday and charged him with simple possession of marijuana.

He was served with a warrant for attempted murder at the Charleston County jail.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553 or twitter.com/dmunday.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about suspect Wesley Howard Gerald. The extraneous information has been removed.

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