Assault charges draw indictments

Friday, November 20, 2009

Two Lewisburg men were indicted Wednesday on assault charges in connection with the alleged assault of a Mooresville Highway man who needed 18 stitches for facial cuts suffered just after midnight one morning last summer.

Philip Jourdan Venable Jr., 23, and Billy Jack Knight, 29, both of Jackson Avenue, are alleged to have assaulted Danny J. King, 20, on Aug. 15, public records show. King suffered two black eyes and a possible concussion, as well as cuts on his face.

Lewisburg Police Detective Santiago McKlean swore out the warrants against Venable and Knight, writing that witnesses saw Venable strike King twice.

The warrant against Knight states he had King "in a headlock" and "hit him several times on the face, causing serious bodily injury." McKlean also wrote that he interviewed Knight and showed him "graphic pictures" of the victim's injuries, and Knight said, "That is what he deserved."

Indictment does not mean a person is guilty. That's determined by a trial or by a guilty plea.

The indictments against Venable and Knight are among more than two-dozen indictments handed down by the Marshall County grand jury on Wednesday.

The grand jury also indicted John Justin McCall, 37, of Colbert Hollow Road, on a charge of failure to appear in Circuit Court on Oct. 28.

McCall is charged with child abuse, the record shows. McCall was released on $6,000 bond made with Cumberland Bail Bonding of Shelbyville. When he is arrested as a result of the indictment on a charge of failure to appear in court, law enforcement officers are to hold him without bond. According to courthouse staff, McCall is believed to have died or left the area.

A full listing of grand jury indictments is to be in next Wednesday's Tribune with a summary of Circuit Court proceedings where Judge Robert Crigler presides.