Man charged in baseball bat assault


A resident of Verdunville was arrested recently after he allegedly struck a man with a baseball bat.

On May 12, Corporal J.N. Sheppard with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the Mud Fork area by Logan County 911 in reference to a domestic dispute. While en route, Johnson was further advised by Logan County 911 that the suspect had fled the area in a gray pickup truck.

Upon arriving at the Perdue’s business location, Sheppard reports he observed the gray pickup truck setting off of the roadway. Sheppard also reportedly found the victim with blood covering his face. The victim reportedly advised Sheppard he had been hit with a baseball bat. Sheppard reports he immediately requested EMS to the scene.

The victim was initially transported to Logan Regional Medical Center where Sheppard was able document his injuries. In the criminal complaint, Sheppard states, “The victim had a large bruise on his ribs that is consistent with being hit with a baseball bat, and the victim also has a head injury.”

Sheppard was the able to make contact with the reported assailant, Edward Lee Johnson, 30, of Verdunville. Sheppard reports that Johnson stated the victim was across the creek from his residence and would not leave after several requests. Johnson is further reported to have said he struck the victim with a baseball bat after the victim stepped out of his truck and walked toward him.

Johnson is charged a felony count of malicious assault, and if he is found guilty, he could be forced to spend between two and 10 years in a state correctional facility. Bond was set to $5,000.

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Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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