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Hearings Postponed Again Against Mellencamp, Smith

Last updated on Thursday, November 14, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - John Mellencamp’s teen sons and the son of Indiana University baseball coach Tracy Smith, accused of seriously beating and kicking a man in July, still have not appeared in court to face the felony battery charges against them.

They waived initial hearings, required by law to take place within 20 days of being charged, and pretrial conferences before Monroe Circuit Judge Marc Kellams have been delayed twice.

Hud and Speck Mellencamp along with Ty Smith, the son of IU's baseball coach, are accused of brutally beating a Bloomington man in July.

The 19-year-old victim told police that the Mellencamps and Smith came by his home after a party and attacked him. He was left with serious injuries to his face.

The three men face felony battery charges.

The charge against them, battery with a deadly weapon (their fists) resulting in serious injury, carries a possible jail term of 2 to 8 years and a $10,000 fine. None of the men has a criminal record.

Arrest warrants were issued Aug. 15, and arrangements were made through their lawyers for the teens to turn themselves in at the jail. Each showed up accompanied by a lawyer and $1,000 cash in bail money. Smith spent 2 hours and 19 minutes at the jail, Speck Mellencamp was there 90 minutes and Hud Mellencamp, just 25 minutes.

Smith is now scheduled to appear at a pretrial hearing on Dec. 11. The Mellencamps' hearings are set for Jan. 6.

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