Pickton man jailed for stomping friend’s head to sober him up

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 11, 2007 - A 33-year-old Pickton man spent the night in jail Wednesday on felony assault charges after he admitted to stomping on a friend’s head.

Brandon Keith Murray remained in the Hopkins County jail this morning on the felony aggravated assault charge in lieu of $15,000 bond.

The assault was alleged to have occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday on FM 269 in Pickton. Sheriff’s officers were first alerted by a motorist who reported seeing a man stomping another person’s head on FM 269.

The caller told dispatchers that when he asked assailant what he doing, the man indicated he was trying to help his friend sober up.

Deputies were dispatched at 9:52 p.m. to the fight in progress at Pickton Methodist Church. While en route, Deputy Aaron Hanna and Cpl. Eddie Moon were told  blue pickup had left the scene but pulled into a residence on FM 269.

A pickup matching the description of the vehicle that left the church was located at an FM 269 residence, where a man who appeared to be intoxicated was observed by deputies standing on the front porch. Both the man’s hands and clothes were covered in blood, according to reports.

Hanna made questioned the man, identified as Murray. When asked what had happened, Murray told the deputy that he and his friend had “gotten into an argument.” Murray later told the deputy he had “beat the *%$& out of him.”

Murray was taken into custody, and evidence was collected from the scene. The victim sustained what appeared to be serious bodily injuries.

Before Murray was taken to jail, Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel attempted to treat him for injuries sustained in the fight, but he refused treatment, according to sheriff’s reports.

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