Man charged with murder after verbal dispute leads to deadly stabbing outside a Huntsville Waffle House


Bryant Davis (Photo courtesy Madison County Jail)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police said Bryant Davis, 23, has been arrested and charged with murder after a late Friday stabbing at the Waffle House on University Drive.

HPD spokesman Lt. Jesse Sumlin confirmed that officers were called to the Waffle House for a “cutting call” around 10:20 Friday night.

An HPD officer responded and located Joshua Bankston, 39, with multiple injuries. HEMSI responded and pronounced Bankston dead at the scene.

Davis was found near Bankston’s body and was taken to HPD’s Criminal Investigations Division for questioning.

Investigators said they believe a verbal dispute turned into a physical altercation and led to the stabbing. Davis and Bankston knew each other, according to investigators.

Davis was taken to the Madison County Jail and charged with first-degree murder. His bond was set at $75,000.

News 19’s crew saw around eight police cars at the restaurant, and patrons inside were being questioned by police officers.

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