The trial for a Bowling Green man accused of assaulting a Russellville man with an aluminum baseball bat, threatening to kill him and stealing his money and property, began Monday, Feb. 11 in Logan County. Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling said she believes the trial will last most of the week due to the amount of witnesses in the case. Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Justin Crocker will be lead prosecutor in the case.
Dennis Lee Calloway, 38, was indicted Sept. 21, 2012, on one count of first degree robbery, one count of first degree assault, one count of kidnapping, one count of first degree burglary, one count of intimidating a participant in the legal process, one count of theft by unlawful taking greater that $500, but less than $10,000, one count of second degree criminal mischief and one count of terroristic threatening.
It is alleged that on Sept. 11, 2012, Calloway committed robbery when he broke into Bennie Bryant’s home in Russellville, threatened the immediate use of physical force upon him with the intent to accomplish theft when he was armed with an aluminum baseball bat, which the Commonwealth considers a deadly weapon.
The Commonwealth contends that Calloway entered unlawfully into Bryant’s home, armed with a deadly weapon and committed the offence of first degree assault when he intentionally caused serious physical injury to Bryant and that he had extreme indifference to the value of human life, when he wantonly engaged in conduct which created grave risk of death to another person when he assaulted Bryant in the head with the baseball bat.
The indictment stated that Calloway knowingly and unlawfully committed the offense of kidnapping when he restrained Bryant with the intent to inflict bodily injury or terrorize him when he duct tapped his hands behind his back.
The Commonwealth will try to prove that Calloway knowingly and unlawfully intimidated Bryant when he told him that he was going to kill him. It is alleged that while in the home of Bryant, Calloway unlawful took $425 from Bryant’s wallet and a flat screen television from the residence. The items had a value of $500 or more.
The count of criminal mischief stems from Calloway allegedly defaced, destroyed, or damaged property of another when he caused damage to a door and other household items at Bryant’s residence causing a loss of $500 or more.