OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The initial appearance for 18-year-old Vantonio William, Jr. and 22-year-old Adam Warren began Wednesday evening for their involvement in an Ocean Springs stabbing during the Elks Mardi Gras parade on Feb. 11.
William was formally charged with two counts of aggravated assault, with a total bond of $200,000. The arresting officer in the case requested that the disorderly conduct charge against Warren be dismissed.
The preliminary hearing for William was held immediately following the initial court appearance. His lawyer questioned the size of the men involved in the fight - both more than 6 feet tall, compared to his client - who stands just more than 5 feet tall.
Police say the stabbing was the result of a drug deal gone wrong. According to witnesses, William and Warren got into a fight with two other men at the parade just before the stabbing occurred, sending the other two men to the hospital.
Although one of the victims initially had a life threatening injury, both are reportedly now in stable condition.
A judge will formally charge the William and Warren at the hearing, and determine what - if any - bond they will receive.
Janel Forte is in the courtroom, and will have the result of the appearance tonight at 10.