Charges dismissed against Como man accused of assault with deadly weapon

From Staff Reports

Nov 28, 2007 - A Como man accused of pointing a gun at another man and threatening to kill him was exonerated of the charges after passing a lie detector test.

The felony charge of  aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against John Edward Beezley, 68, was dismissed in October.

�The charge came after sheriff's officers took a report regarding a property dispute on June 7, when a man told deputies his neighbor pulled a gun on him, saying "he didn't like him mowing his land."

Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum filed a formal complaint on June 20 alleging that Beezley "did then and there intentionally, knowingly or recklessly threaten to cause bodily injury to [the victim], to wit: defendant displayed a handgun and pointed it at victim threatening to kill him."

"The defendant did then and there use or exhibit a deadly weapon, to wit: a handgun, during the commission of said assault," Tatum wrote in the complaint.

But District Attorney Martin Braddy filed a motion to dismiss the case in October after Beezley passed a polygraph test regarding the alleged offense.

�Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap issued an order Oct. 18 that the charge be dismissedwithout prejudice.

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