Man airlifted to Jackson after being stabbed multiple times at bar

Published 4:56 pm Sunday, October 14, 2012

NATCHEZ — A man was airlifted to Jackson from Natchez after being stabbed multiple times Saturday night.

Natchez Police Lt. Justin Jones said the victim, Daryl Hite, was stabbed six times in the chest and once in the arm at approximately 9:15 p.m. at the Under-the-Hill Saloon.

The suspect in the stabbing, William Atkins Jr., 42, 136 Lee Ave., Vidalia, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Saturday night.

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“From what we can gather, the two (men) have a longstanding feud, and Mr. Atkins arrived at the bar with the intentions of hurting the victim, Mr. Hite,” Jones said.

Hite was stabbed with a medium-sized blade, Jones said.

The victim was transported to Natchez Regional Medical Center before being transported by air to a Jackson-area hospital, Jones said.

The matter is still under investigation.