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Police say man who was attacked might have sent threatening messages first

By From staff reports

A Fayette County man severely beaten with a steel bar may have sent threatening messages to his alleged attacker, deputies said.

Fayette sheriff's deputies were dispatched just after 9 p.m. Sunday to a fight on U.S. 60 near Lookout. When they arrived they found a man, identified as James Woodrow Settle III, 37, of Anstead "stumbling around" in the road, Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a news release.

Settle was bleeding heavily from a head injury and was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital. He remained in stable condition Monday afternoon.

The preliminary investigation showed Settle allegedly sent threatening text messages to the supposed attacker. Deputies are not releasing that man's name as he has not yet been charged in the matter.

Settle is said to have gone to the alleged perpetrator's home where he continued to make threats while advancing toward the man. The supposed attacker then struck Settle multiple times in the head and upper torso with a steel bar then called 911 to report the incident, according to the release.

Kessler said the investigating officer had not yet spoken with Settle as of Monday afternoon.

"At this time no charges have been filed in connection with this incident," Kessler said in the release. "Once we speak with the alleged victim and obtain a statement from him, we will speak with the Office of the Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney to determine what charges, if any, are appropriate in connection with this incident." Deputies still are investigating. 


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