Second person arrested for June assault

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A second person has been arrested in connection with the June beating of a Greencastle man.

Cody McNew, 19, of Greencastle was charged with Class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury and Class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury for his alleged role in an assault on John Sanders, 26, of Greencastle on June 5.

Sanders was attacked outside Topper's bar in the early morning hours of June 5, an affidavit of probable cause prepared by Putnam County Prosecutor's Office Investigator Charles Bollinger said.

Jeremy L. Musall, 24, was arrested June 9 for his alleged part in Sanders' beating. He was charged with Class C felony battery. He remains in the Putnam County Jail, and his next scheduled court date is Oct. 23.

McNew told Bollinger he grabbed Sanders and threw him to the ground after Musall struck Sanders in the face with his elbow and fist, court documents said. The affidavit said McNew also admitted to kicking Sanders in the back two or three times.

Sanders was taken to Putnam County Hospital via ambulance after the attack, and was later transferred to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, court records said. Doctors said "Sanders had suffered what appeared to be a brain bleed" and had "extensive cuts and bruising which would likely require reconstructive plastic surgery."

A Class C felony is punishable by up to eight years in prison. McNew was booked into the Putnam County Jail on Aug. 26, where he remains. Bond has not been set, nor has a court date.

McNew was already on probation for marijuana possession charges when the beating occurred.

He was arrested on July 17 for Class D felony unlawful possession or use of a legend drug and Class A misdemeanors possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Musall has a history of violent offenses in Putnam County.

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  • "Musall has a history of violent offenses in Putnam County"

    Just how much history is one allowed to make in this town?

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Thu, Sep 4, 2008, at 5:30 AM
  • Did anyone read one of them is 19? What is he doing around the bar anyway. The last time I checked you had to be 21.

    -- Posted by HelloMcFly on Thu, Sep 4, 2008, at 8:39 AM
  • Jeremy has been in the Putnam County 'system' since he was a child when his drug addicted mom and step-dad were incarcerated.The 'system' you talk about was CPS. They did absolutely NOTHING to help him when they had the chance. There was NO counciling offered and his caseworker was more worried about who was gonna pay back the money for services for him and his siblings. His worthless mother was NEVER held accountable for abandoning and abusing them. She herself sits in jail.Throwing stones isn't what Jeremy needs....his anger problems stem from being beaten and neglected by his mother. The 'system' dropped the ball on this kid as they have many more children in this county.Oh yeah,, for those who wonder how I know this.....I'm his aunt.

    -- Posted by cominatcha on Thu, Sep 4, 2008, at 8:46 AM
  • It's always someone else's fault, not the person who had the CHOICE to do right or wrong. I'm not saying his upbringing didn't influence his life, but a lot of good people come from rough backgrounds. It is a choice you make.

    -- Posted by pepperdog on Thu, Sep 4, 2008, at 1:31 PM
  • You sound like a real class act, katjr1010. Violence of any kind is never acceptable.

    -- Posted by LangdonUlger on Thu, Sep 4, 2008, at 4:15 PM

    -- Posted by skittlebug on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 7:28 AM
  • 1. cody went to see jeremy at the bar they where out side and sanders pulled a knife on them ,he had it comming to him to get the heck knocked out of him . 2. the probation dept knew jeremy was working at the bar .sanders came out side trying to be big and bad and pulled a knife on them they had to defent there selfs . sanders should be locked up if there going to jail so should sanders for attempted murder plain and simple . if he had run into some one else who didnt know how to defeand them self he would have probaly killed them and then there would have been a lose of live . he got ya he deserved . and he aint messed up if he was why is he out there causing more bull and going to jail .he look like nothing ever happend to him and acts just as billy bad *** as usall

    Violence of any kind is never that what your saying LangdonUlger. so if some one come up to you with a knife you would what lay on the ground and whimper like a baby going please please dont whaaaaaaaaaa. i so helpless. bull you would defeand your self any means possible . and i have had defense training so i would take it away and give back what he tried to dish out ..and violence is not acceptable . well then you are against the war huh.

    -- Posted by katjr1010 on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 3:51 PM
  • and if Violence of any kind is never acceptable.

    why do the cops do it all the time out here and get away with it huh. oh i forgot there so upstanding HAHAHA

    -- Posted by katjr1010 on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 3:56 PM
  • There is a point where defending ones self turns into being the batterer. Obviously a smashed in head would of given a normal person the clue that maybe I have the upper hand in this fight and should now walk away and call for help. I am all for self defense and think more people should be properly trained, only then will people realize that self defense is not beating someone to a bloody pulp!

    No matter who you are or who your family is, or how you were raised for that matter, a person is a person and they deserve the right to be treated so.

    -- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 6:12 AM
  • if he was so bad they would have life lined him right then from toppers .not take him to putnam then to Methodist Hospital. and why didnt they arrest them that night the cops showed up that night no arrest where made cody and jeremy was still there then. why did it take 2 months for a arrest to be made . so putnam county could come up with some twisted lie they call the truth . if sander has supposedly brain bleed" . the would have arrrest them right then and there . or the next day

    -- Posted by katjr1010 on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 9:43 PM
  • and cody never talked to Bollinger .charles ingman was there that night and talked to cody so see how putnam county officals lie .

    -- Posted by katjr1010 on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 9:50 PM
  • My first response to katjr1010 is someone doesnt get beaten up then go to the doctor and say I have a brain bleed. They transfered him to another hospital so they could find out what internal injuries he had. Putnam CO hospital is not equipped to handle this type of thing. Second of all, if police could just arrest someone on suspicion then this world would probably be better off but there is a little thing called evidence and probable cause. You cant just walk into a room with 10 people and expect someone to admit to a crime. I am not saying these people were not acting upon what they would call self defense, maybe they were scared and acted the only way they knew how. Its just sad that not only did this kid get his head kicked in but now there are several others facing charges and jail time. Here's an idea, dont put yourself in this type of situation. This could've been avoided, use common sense.

    -- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Sun, Sep 7, 2008, at 6:50 AM
  • people who have no idea what happened need to keep their opinions out of this. i know jeremy and cody both very well and both of them would not have done something like this unless they were put in this situation [like having a knife pulled on them]. So for anyone who has anything negative to say about either of them NO ONE CARES. you probably know nothing about them anyways just things you've heard.

    -- Posted by jlc3 on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 1:16 PM
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