|Rocky Mount man is accused of beating Elvis impersonator|
Friday, July 27, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A malicious wounding charge against a Rocky Mount man accused of beating an Elvis impersonator was certified to a grand jury Wednesday in Franklin County General District Court.
Substitute judge Carolyn Furrow certified the felony charge against Brian Keith Dawson, 22, after the victim, a 25-year-old Boones Mill man, testified that he was at the Shell Station in Boones Mill on April 23 when the defendant allegedly struck him in the face at least five times with a closed fist.
The victim said he was alone at the gas pumps and felt threatened by Dawson and two other individuals in a Toyota truck who were staring at him. He said he threw up his arms and told Dawson he had a pistol and was able to use it.
That was when the defendant allegedly got out of his vehicle, walked up to the victim and began hitting him in the face, according to the victim.
The victim sustained a laceration above his left eye that required three stitches, he testified.
The victim also testified that he did not know the defendant before the incident, but he was able to pick Dawson out of a photo array, according to Deputy R.L. Davis.
During his testimony Wednesday, the victim said he was moving to Memphis, Tenn., to work at Graceland as a tour guide.
Dawson's defense attorney, Melissa Keen, said the evidence that was presented during the hearing was insufficient for a malicious wounding charge and asked the charge to be reduced to misdemeanor assault and battery.
Furrow denied the request, stating that probable cause had been established and the circuit court would make the final decision.
Malicious wounding is a Class 3 felony, punishable by five to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.