POINT PLEASANT — Three men from Pomeroy, Ohio charged on a joint indictment for malicious assault, appeared in Mason County Circuit Court this week for arraignment.
Allen R. Brickles, 21, James M. Gray, V, 20 and Garrett C. Hall, age unreported, all entered not guilty pleas before Judge Thomas C. Evans, III, on Monday.
Pretrial hearings in these cases were set for 9:30 a.m., Jan. 13, 2014 in Mason County Circuit Court. The three men are set to go to trial at 9:30 a.m., Jan. 28, 2014. The trio remain free on bond in these cases.
Brickles was indicted for malicious assault, conspiracy, battery five counts, destruction of property two counts, public intoxication and underage consumption. Both Gray and Hall were indicted for malicious assault, conspiracy, battery, destruction of property, public intoxication and underage consumption.
As previously reported, the three men were arrested by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department after an incident which allegedly occurred on the Mason County Fairgrounds during the county fair on Aug. 9. Brickles, Gray and Hall are all accused of committing felony assault by allegedly maliciously wounding L.D. Pyles, age and address unreported, and causing bodily injury to Pyles with the intent to permanently maim, disfigure, disable or kill him.
In an unrelated case, Brickles was shot in the lower leg by Neal D. Bonecutter, 41, Pomeroy, in September, according to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Department. As reported by sister newspaper The Daily Sentinel, Bonecutter was arrested for two counts of attempted murder after an altercation at his residence located on Ohio 143. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Department reported that Bonecutter shot Brickles and shot at Melissa Dickens as she fled the residence.
Brickles was to appear in Mason County Circuit Court for his initial appearance on the indictment in early September but was a “no show” which led to a failure to appear warrant being issued for his arrest. After the warrant was issued, Brickles was shot and later turned himself in without incident to personnel from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, also in September.