Goose Creek man convicted in stabbing at Cross bar, authorities say

John Arthur Thomas

A Berkeley County jury found a man guilty Thursday in connection with a stabbing at a Cross bar.

John Arthur Thomas, 56, of Mossy Oaks Avenue in Goose Creek, was convicted of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to a news release from the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Prosecutors argued that Thomas had gotten into an altercation with an associate identified as William Melton, 47, while at the Monkey Business bar in Cross in November 2013. Thomas left the bar, the release said, then sent a text message to other patrons saying “there will be blood.”

He returned with a knife, walked up to Melton and stabbed him in the chest, authorities said.

Video of the attack showed Thomas chasing Melton around the bar with the weapon before fleeing the scene, authorities said.

Melton was flown to Medical University Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Thomas testified this week that he acted in self-defense after seeing a gun in the victim’s car. He has prior convictions for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, breach of trust and robbery, the release said.

Thomas will be sentenced on a later date. Assistant Solicitors Daniel Poulos and Michael Patterson prosecuted the case.