A man is accused of stabbing his brother with a steak knife and seriously injuring him at a motel on Midway Boulevard in Oak Harbor April 7, according to court documents.
William J. Slater, 31, appeared in Island County Superior Court Monday. Judge Alan Hancock found probable cause to believe Slater committed the crime of assault in the first degree and set his bail at $50,000.
Officers with the Oak Harbor Police Department responded to the report of the stabbing at about 6:40 a.m. They found a car resting on a large rock at a Northeast Izett Street house, where the victim had wrecked it driving home after getting stabbed, the police report states.
The police found the 28-year-old man on the ground with a golf ball sized wound in his abdomen with what looked like intestines protruding from it, the report states.
Police also noticed two other wounds to the man’s arms and one of his leg.
In an interview with police, Slater said he and his brother had been drinking together and got into an argument, though he wouldn’t say what it was about. After his brother left, Slater got a call from his brother’s girlfriend, warning him that his brother was on his way back with a machete, according to Slater’s statement to police.
Slater said his brother entered his home branding a machete and the two men wrestled. Slater was able to get the machete from his brother and armed himself with a steak knife, the report states.
Slater pushed his brother outside and followed him into the parking lot, continuing the fight. He said he pinned his brother to the ground several time, but he kept coming at him.
Slater told police he knew he cut his brother because he saw blood coming from the man’s forearm, the report states.
Slater said it wasn’t the first time they pulled knives on each other and showed the police scars.
Police obtained a search warrant and found a bloody steak knife and a large machete in the home.
In court, Slater’s attorney explained that he had moved back to Oak Harbor about a year ago to care for his stepfather, who has cancer.