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Deputies: Husband stabs wife while at church

Leonard Edwards Jr. appears before a judge where he was denied  bond. (June 21, 2012/FOX Carolina) Leonard Edwards Jr. appears before a judge where he was denied bond. (June 21, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Leonard Edwards Jr. (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) Leonard Edwards Jr. (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Church members held a man until deputies arrived after they said he stabbed his wife while she was attending a Bible study Thursday.

Greenville County deputies said they were called to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 1400 Old Spartanburg Rd. about 2:15 p.m. where they found church members holding 46-year-old Leonard Edwards Jr. in the sanctuary and his wife lying on the floor with a stab wound to the back.

Church members told deputies that Edwards arrived at the church while his wife was attending a Bible study and asked for her to come out of the church, which she did.

His wife immediately ran back inside with Edwards chasing after her carrying a knife, deputies said. They said he knocked her down and stabbed her in the back before the members could stop and detain him.

FOX Carolina spoke with family members who said Edwards was upset because he and his wife recently separated. They said he threatened to kill her Thursday morning and then tried to do just that later in the day.

Edwards' wife is expected to be OK. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Edwards was denied bond by a judge.

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