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Convicted felon, free on appeal, stabs man in Decatur, police say

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

A convicted felon, out of jail while he awaits an appeal, allegedly stabbed a man late Monday at a Decatur apartment complex.

Decatur police spokesman Lt. Chris Mathews said Marcus Antwaine Williams, 21, of Raintree Apartments, 1321 Towerview St., Apartment 508, stabbed Darrys Torrail Burgess in the chest at about midnight outside the apartment complex.

Mathews said Burgess is in the Parkway Medical Center intensive care unit. A hospital spokeswoman would not release his condition.

Williams, convicted of manslaughter in Etowah County in the October 2002 shooting of Victor Martin, was out of jail on an appeal bond. Mathews did not know how much that bond was but said Etowah County is taking steps to revoke it.

Mathews said the two men were acquaintances and lived in the same apartment complex. The two were in Apartment 402 when Williams asked Burgess to step outside and talk. He then pulled out the knife and chased Burgess around the apartment building before finally catching him, pinning him to the ground and stabbing him, Mathews said.

He said Williams fled the scene and ran into his own apartment. A neighbor heard him say he was going to get a gun, Mathews said.

Mathews said Burgess was able to speak to Sgt. Rick Archer and identify Williams as his assailant before he was taken to the hospital, where he underwent emergency exploratory surgery.

Archer and Detective George Silvestri charged Williams with first-degree assault and transferred him to the Morgan County Jail, where his bond is $50,000.

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