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1/14/2013 5:58:00 PM
Two arrested in connection with beating, stabbing

GREENWOOD, SC – Two people have been arrested in connection with an incident that left a man in critical condition on Saturday evening.

According to a report from the Greenwood Police Department, police responded to the Greenwood Motel, located at 306 Montague Avenue, after receiving a 911 call saying that a man had been beaten and stabbed. When police arrived they observed a female, later identified as Sonya Hall Emily, 45, of 123 Highland Forest Drive, sitting in a burgundy Mercury Grand Marquis at the dead end of the southern entrance to the motel with another female outside the vehicle screaming at her.

Police then observed a white male, later identified as James William “Billy” Floyd, 49, also of 123 Highland Drive, walking toward the vehicle and wiping his hands with a towel. The report states that the officer could clearly see that there was blood on Floyd’s hands.

Officers separated everyone and asked who had been stabbed. Floyd yelled, “He stole my [expletive] truck.” The female that was standing outside the vehicle then told officers that Emily had stabbed the victim, a 51-year-old male, and that Floyd had beaten him with a pipe.

Police went to room 147 of the motel and found the victim lying on the floor bleeding in his upper chest area from what appeared to be a stab wound. The victim was responsive, but appeared to be having trouble staying awake, according to the report. EMS arrived and began treating them victim, who was later admitted to the Self Regional Healthcare intensive care unit.

Multiple witnesses told police that they observed the Grand Marquis enter the parking lot of the motel, slow down, then accelerate to the rear of the motel. Witnesses told police that Floyd and Emily went to the victim’s room and started an argument. Witnesses say that Floyd then produced a pipe and began striking the victim about the head and neck area. Witnesses told police that Floyd continued striking the victim after he fell until he was stopped by a neighbor. While the neighbor was pulling Floyd off of the victim, witnesses told police that Emily then stabbed the victim in the chest. One witness told police that Emily then attempted to leave, but someone stood behind the car to prevent her from fleeing the scene.

Both Floyd and Emily contend that the victim first began assaulting them and that they responded in self defense. The report states that police did not observe injuries to either one that were consistent with their story. Police collected about eight knives from the scene, including an 18 inch machete with blood on it that police believe Emily used to stab the victim. Police also confiscated a pack of pseudoephedrine pills, a glass pipe used for smoking meth, four pills later identified as Alprazolam, silver colored pipe with blood on it, a bandana with a padlock tied on it and a 30 inch aluminum baseball bat amongst other items.

Emily has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and parole violation. Her bond was set at $80,000 cash or surety. Floyd is charged with second degree assault and battery. His bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety. Both Emily and Floyd are currently being held at the Greenwood County Detention Center.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: brandy able

Wow. Tanya and Amber I'm sorry you guys are going through this. I know when you have a loved one with the meth curse or even shaking that curse you always have that fear of something like this happening. Ms. Emily used to work in the Nursing program at PTC. I have read her name in the paper several times associating her with various meth related issues. It's sad and scary and I'm personally fed up with this meth epidemic in this town, instead of talking trash or pointing fingers let's do everything we can to keep other people from having to go through this heartache.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: S. SHANTAL


Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Tanya Canfield

@ Amber I did not know your dad or the lady that was with him. I do pray for you tho,I know the situation can't
be easy on you as his daughter. My father surely hasn't been a angel throughout his life, but over the last few years he has turned his life around and stayed on the right track. But unfortunately he can't control what some people do that he associates with. I do know he had nothing to do with the truck being took, Im not going to put all the 411 on here ,because as you can see there are people that have read this and assume things just by what they have read and took it upon their assumptions to label someone a drug user etc just by where they live . But if you happen to have a Facebook look me up and Ill be glad to chat with you.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Amber Floyd

Tanya, sorry for what happened to your dad. There is absolutely no excuse for it. I can't comprehend the whole thing as to why if he supposedly took my dad's truck, why they wouldn't have called the police. There never an excuse for violence! I'm not going to sit here and try to make excuses for my father nor that stupid woman who unfortunately did this horrible thing to your father, but there is absolutely no need for people to be on here, bashing the kind of person my father is! This is not the man that raised me, I can promise everybody that! He just happened to get mixed up with the wrong people and started using meth again after being drug-free for 10+ years! & as for you, Ashleigh Pope, you're telling Carrol to "sweep under her own doorstep before ruining her mouth about someone's dad, brother or uncle", take your own advice. Billy has a child of his own, so have some respect and don't run your mouth about someone else's dad! It's very sickening to see all of these people running their mouths about three people, in which I imagine none of y'all personally know them. Be a Christian person and keep your remarks to yourselves and simply pray for the people and their families! People who have meth addictions not only hurt themselves, and other people due to violent crimes, but also their families! Thanks, and good day.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Robert J

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