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Several injured in violent weekend

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Shelbyville man was injured so severely he was taken directly from a fight scene to a Nashville hospital Saturday night.

Jamal Buchanan of Shelbyville was "bleeding profusely" from the face and head when police arrived at Home Place Trailer Park, Hawkins Drive.

Lawrence Amual Merlo Jr., 40, of the Hawkins Drive address, and Michael Norman Roddy, 40, of Bryant Street were charged with aggravated assault, officer Gregg Loyd's said. Roddy was also charged with public intoxication.

Before being taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center, Buchanan was able to tell officers he went to the home attempting to date a woman and was attacked after entering the front door. He said he lost consciousness but woke up and was able to escape. A woman who had driven Buchanan to the home said she saw Roddy chasing him with a stick moments later.

Roddy admitted striking Buchanan, according to Loyd, and said, "He was lucky I didn't kill him." Merlo and Roddy claimed Buchanan had come to the home to sell crack, attacked Merlo when told to leave and Roddy intervened for protection. No drug-related charges were filed against Buchanan.

Merlo had a facial cut and swelling and bruises to his right hand and knuckles and was taken to Heritage Medical Center for treatment, police said.

Buchanan told officers he was missing his cell phone and a shoe. The smashed cell phone was found by police hidden under pizza boxes in an outdoor trash bin, Loyd's report said.

Both suspects posted $25,000 bond.

Couldn't hide

Police said they found a suspect accused of striking a man at a Shelbyville bar hiding under a nearby trailer Saturday night.

Robby Joe Cook, 40, of Brothers Road was charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication after stepping from his hiding place.

Cook allegedly hit another man in the face with a beer bottle, causing a broken nose and severe laceration, police said. He posted $26,000 bond.

Knocked out

A Shelbyville man was attacked and left lying unconscious outside his South Cannon Boulevard apartment, he told police Saturday.

The victim said he took his trash to an outside bin about 1:30 a.m. and remembers nothing from that point until he awoke at 5:30 on the ground with his wallet and cell phone missing and the back of his head hurting.