By Kelly McKinney
Register News Writer
A January shooting that originally was ruled as accidental has resulted in a first-degree assault charge for a Madison County man.
On Tuesday, Kentucky State Police charged Denver Rearick, 27, in the Jan. 22 incident in which 26-year-old Matthew C. Richie was shot in the face and sent to the hospital.
Trooper Chris Lanham, KSP spokesperson, said Richie and Rearick, both Army veterans, were intoxicated when they decided to twirl around handguns on Waco Loop Road in Richmond. One of the guns, a .45-caliber pistol owned by Rearick, went off, striking Richie.
“Regardless of whether it was intentional, it was reckless behavior on the suspect’s part,” Lanham said.
Richie still is in the hospital, Lanham said. He originally was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. He since has been moved to the Cardinal Hill Hospital in Lexington, where he is rehabilitating.
He is on a feeding tube and his condition remains precarious, Lanham said.
“He’s not out of the woods yet, as far as his life goes,” Lanham said.
He said if Richie does not survive, the charges against Rearick could be upgraded, but he does not yet know that for sure.
Rearick is detained at the Madison County Detention Center under a $25,000 cash bond, according to jail officials.
Kelly McKinney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-6694.