2 assault indictments returned by grand jury
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A Marshall County grand jury indicted two men on assault charges last week in unrelated incidents.

Jamie Morgan, 29, Murray, is accused of being under the influence of alcohol during an April 19 collision that severely injured Jakab Faughn, 25, Benton.

In the other case, Michael Nicholas, 59, Hardin, is accused of stabbing his cousin, John Nicholas, at the Lakeland Arbor Village on April 21.

Both defendants were scheduled to appear in court Monday for arraignment.

“I’d expect both trials to be held this fall, as we probably won’t be able to schedule them during the current jury term,” Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship said.

Blankenship said he could not discuss the grand jury deliberations because of the secretive nature of the proceedings.

“I really feel like they were compelled to indict because of the truthfulness of the evidence,” Blankenship said.

Blankenship added he thought mediation of a plea agreement was unlikely.

“We need them to accept responsibility,” Blankenship said. “It’s a waste of time if they don’t. This case would need to be about punishment. I’m always willing to go forward with mediation if they accept responsibility by accepting a sentence that the victims and law enforcement supports. It saves the state money and resources.”
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