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Neighbors rush to help two stabbed in Echols County

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ECHOLS COUNTY, GA (WALB) –A convicted felon is charged with brutally stabbing his ex-wife and her boyfriend in Echols County.

The victims are in critical condition Friday night and are likely alive only because brave neighbors heard their screams and rushed to help them.

Crime scene tape surrounds the mobile home on Ferman Staten Circle where two people were stabbed last night.

Police say 52-year old Billy Tharpe Pierce stabbed his ex-wife April Pierce and her boyfriend Jeffery Johns.

Johns got away and screamed for help, his neighbors heard him.

"We was just sitting here in the yard in my uncle's yard," said Joshua Bolesta. "We thought it was an April Fool's joke the guy was bleeding and asked for help and to call 911."

Bolesta, his uncle, and a friend ran over to help. The door was locked so they forced their way in. They held Pierce at gunpoint until deputies could get there.

"We slung him on the ground and held him right there," said Bolesta.

Pierce is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, burglary, and criminal damage to property.

The woman's five-year-old son was home at the time. Pierce is also charged with first degree cruelty to children."

The child was picked up by his grandmother and not harmed.

"It's something I'll never see in my life again hopefully," said Bolesta.

"He was in jail on a previous ag assault charge actually she was the victim in that case as well and he just got out of prison three months prior," said Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson.

Both the victims were stabbed several times.

"We notified the GBI to come to the scene because the crime scene was so extensive and it was a pretty brutal crime scene," said Courson.

Johns and April Pierce are in critical condition at South Georgia Medical Center.

Billy Tharpe Pierce had just gotten out of prison in December where he served five years for assault.

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