Myrtle Beach man charged in birthday party beating with bat

troot@thesunnews.comAugust 1, 2013 

Joe Lewis Williams

— A Myrtle Beach man was charged after police said an argument during a neighbor’s birthday party ended with a 31-year-old suffering a closed head injury and broken jaw when he was hit with a baseball bat, according to a police report.

Joe Lewis Williams, 32, of Myrtle Beach was charged with first-degree assault and battery after officers were called at 3 a.m. Wednesday to 1219 Rosehaven Drive for an assault, police said.

Officers found Williams, who appeared to be intoxicated, holding a metal baseball bat and learned he went to a neighbor’s home for a birthday party, according to the report. Williams said he argued with someone about an earlier incident and the victim intervened and started to argue with him.

Williams said as he walked back home, the victim threw rocks and bricks at him in the middle of the street, so Williams grabbed the bat from his girlfriend and hit the victim in the face, according to the report. Williams said he was defending himself.

Witnesses told police that Williams was upset and argued with the neighbor about another incident when the victim intervened, according to the report. Witnesses said Williams fought the victim and refused to calm down.

Witnesses said while Williams and the victim were in the street, Williams took the bat and hit the victim. Officers noted there was not evidence of rocks or bricks in the road.

The victim was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and officers learned he suffered a broken jaw and closed head injury, according to the report. No other details were listed.

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