Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Trial date set in battery case

Defendant pleads not guilty to charges


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    A jury trial is scheduled to begin on March 5, 2014, for a 26-year-old Ketchum man who is charged with three counts of battery, one a felony and the other two misdemeanors, for allegedly punching acquaintances in an altercation in July at the Wildwood condominiums in Ketchum.
    Caleb Thomas McLaughlin was arraigned on the charges Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court. He is also charged with misdemeanor disturbing the peace. He pleaded not guilty to all four charges.
    McLaughlin is represented by the Roark Law Firm, under the firm’s public defender contract with Blaine County. He remains free on bond.
    According to a criminal complaint filed against him, McLaughlin was charged with aggravated battery, the felony against him, for allegedly breaking a bone in his roommate’s face during an altercation the morning of July 5. He is charged with the misdemeanors for allegedly punching two other men in the face during the same altercation.
    A probable-cause affidavit filed by Ketchum police states that the altercation occurred early the morning of July 5 and that McLaughlin was highly intoxicated. Police allege that McLaughlin was the aggressor and that the three men were punched when they were trying to calm him down or stop him from hitting other people.
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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