Man pleads not guilty in December hammer attack
A Charleston man pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an alleged December hammer attack outside the Charleston Town Center mall.
Denzil Terrella Weatherspoon, 21, appeared Monday in circuit court, where he pleaded not guilty to his charges of malicious wounding and conspiracy. Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster set his trial for April 28.
Police say Weatherspoon used a hammer to strike Ryan Lynch in the back of his head.
According to the criminal complaint, Lynch got into a fight with a group of juveniles and Weatherspoon then came up to Lynch and struck him in the back of his head.
Lynch was taken to the hospital with a skull fracture. Because of the attack, parts of his skull had been embedded into his brain.
In Monday's hearing, assistant Kanawha prosecutor Ken Starcher said all others charged are juveniles.
Webster asked how they would proceed with bringing witnesses, since most are juveniles with their own charges related to the incident. Starcher said they couldn't talk about the individual juvenile cases but they could be put on as witnesses. Weatherspoon's attorney said his client doesn't have a history of attacking people and mentioned previous testimony from a police officer who said the victim was biting a juvenile and Weatherspoon stepped into the fight.