Assault suspect in court; victim in critical condition

Assault suspect in court; victim in critical condition
A Union City man was bound over to the grand jury this morning on a charge stemming from the Jan. 10 assault of a South Fulton man.
Stevie Johnson, 46, of 909 East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Union City, was charged with aggravated assault following an apparent altercation in South Fulton, according to police and a court affidavit.
Johnson appeared in Obion County General Sessions Court this morning for a preliminary hearing. As a result, the case was bound over.
The charge against him was levied in connection with injuries sustained by Michael Prince of South Fulton, who was taken to Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton and later transferred to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. He was listed in critical condition.
South Fulton police responded just before 8 p.m. Jan. 10 to a report of a man with unknown injuries lying in a roadway. Police Capt. David Lamb reported he found Prince, who was “bleeding badly from his head and face area,” according to a court affidavit.
Upon further investigation, police learned Prince and a man later identified as Johnson had allegedly gotten into an argument over an item Prince allegedly had stolen from him. Two witnesses told police that Johnson struck Prince with a piece of wood.
Shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Johnson came to the South Fulton Police Department, where he told police that he and Prince had gotten into an argument. He claimed Prince was intoxicated and started hitting him with his hands. He alleged he told Prince to leave him alone and Prince did not, so he picked up a piece of a limb and struck Prince over the head with the stick. He told police Prince fell to the ground and he left, according to the affidavit.
At that time, Johnson was arrested on the charge of aggravated assault. He was transported to the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex. Published in The Messenger 1.17.12

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