Man accused of stabbing former best friend with three-foot-long machete

William N. Davis, Jr.

JAMES ISLAND — Charleston County sheriff's deputies have arrested a man accused of stabbing another man with a three-foot machete.

Investigators charged William N. Davis, Jr., of Seaside Lane with attempted murder, Capt. Jim Brady said.

Deputies responded to a stabbing call at 1046-A Seaside Lane on James Island about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Prince Rivers, 53, told authorities he was arguing with Davis, who had been his best friend for years, when the suspect stabbed him in the chest and cut him across the hand with a 3-foot machete, according to an incident report released on Thursday.

Deputies observed a 12-inch cut on his chest and three fingers nearly severed from his left hand. They found the machete on the ground and noticed blood near the victim but couldn't locate the suspect.

About four hours later, deputies responded again to the address and found Davis in a back shed bleeding from his head, chest and elbow, according to a second incident report released on Thursday.

Davis told deputies he was standing in the roadway nearby when two men he didn't know approached him and beat him with a metal chain. Davis' brother told deputies he saw two, short black males walking from the scene, both wearing dark clothes. They appeared to be in their late teens.

Deputies didn't find a weapon or the suspects.

Davis was later charged in connection with the machete attack.

A judge on Thursday set Davis' bail at $250,000.