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Hud Mellencamp To Change Plea In Battery Case
Updated December 9, 2014 8:53 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Hud Mellencamp, the son of musician John Mellencamp and model Elaine Irwin, intends to plead guilty in a felony battery case in which he is charged with causing serious injury to man during a fight in the summer of 2013.

20-year-old Hud Mellencamp, a student at Duke University in North Carolina and a member of the football team, is charged with battery with a deadly weapon -- his fists -- resulting in serious injury.

The Herald Times reports that during a hearing Monday, his lawyer asked for a change of plea hearing, during which defendants often plead guilty to a lesser charge.

His brother, 19-year-old Speck Mellencamp, faces the same charge and has pleaded not guilty. He was to have a hearing in Monroe Circuit Court on Monday, but it was postponed until March.

20-year-old Ty Smith, the son of Indiana University baseball coach Tracy Smith, is also charged with battery in the case and has pleaded innocent and has a court hearing set in March as well.

According to police reports, Speck Mellencamp punched 19-year-old Alexander Bucy in the face on the porch of Bucy's Bloomington home because he thought Bucy had hit him earlier that evening.

Bucy suffered facial fractures and cuts that required stitches. He was treated at Monroe Hospital and referred to a plastic surgeon.

According to police, Bucy was sitting on his front porch with two friends when the Mellencamps and Smith walked up the steps around 2:43 a.m. Bucy alleges he asked the Mellencamps what they wanted and that is when Speck Mellencamp hit him in the face. Smith and Hud Mellencamp then allegedly joined in punching, kicking and stomping Bucy.

Three roommates inside the house heard the commotion, ran outside and pulled the three assailants off Bucy. When Bucy stood, he alleges Speck Mellencamp knocked him backwards off the porch, a drop of several feet. He says Speck then continued to punch him until his roommates intervened.

Witnesses told police the Mellencamps and Smith then ran from the scene.

The Mellencamps told police the fight was in a response to Speck Mellencamp being hit in the face at a party at the house earlier that night. Speck Mellencamp told police he had tried to stop a dispute between two girls who were fighting over him and was pushed and hit by Bucy. He was upset by the incident and not thinking straight, he told police when he returned to the house with his brother and Smith.

Hud Mellencamp told police he and Smith were there, but that the fight was between Speck and Bucy.

Bucy suffered facial fractures and other injuries.

According to court records, Hud Mellencamp is set to appear for a change of plea hearing before Monroe Circuit Judge Marc Kellams at 9 a.m. on Feb. 3. The crime carries a possible jail term of 2 to 8 years and a $10,000 fine.

Details of a plea agreement reached in the case were not available.

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