PORT ORANGE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A Port Orange man is facing two counts of attempted murder after stabbing both of his parents in a Thanksgiving Day fight, deputies say.
Deputies found 34-year-old Edwin N. Daugherty walking down the street when they responded to the 1:22 p.m. call on Costa Del Sol Drive.
The father, 76-year-old Thomas J. Daugherty, was rushed to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he was later listed in serious-to-critical condition. The mother, 72-year-old Patsy Daugherty, was listed in serious condition at the same hospital.
Deputies believe Edwin became irate during an argument with his mother, and the argument became physical. Edwin placed her in a headlock, and then placed his father in a headlock when he tried to intervene.
After pushing his father to the ground, Edwin grabbed a steak knife with an approximately 4-inch blade and stabbed Thomas multiple times in the chest. When Patsy moved in to help her husband, Edwin stabbed her as well.
Witnesses who were sitting at the dinner table next to the kitchen told deputies they saw Edwin stab his parents before leaving the residence.
Deputies recovered the knife in some bushes about a block away from the house.
Edwin Daugherty was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he was to be held without bond.