The case against a Richmond accused of assaulting another man with a baseball bat was dismissed Wednesday, but County Attorney Marc Robbins said he plans to present the case to a Madison grand jury.

Daniel Cornelison, 22, of Ballard Drive, is charged with second-degree assault for allegedly striking a man with an aluminum bat during a July 28 fight on Turpin Drive.

Witnesses told officers who investigated the incident that Cornelison had been involved in a verbal altercation with another man that became physical, said Sgt. Willard Reardon, spokesman for the Richmond Police Department.

Cornelison allegedly took an aluminum baseball bat from the trunk of a vehicle during the fight and began to beat the man with it, Reardon said.

The victim suffered a possible broken hand, had a large lump on his head from being struck and was hit in both legs with the bat. He was transported to Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center for his injuries, Reardon said.

During Cornelison’s district court hearing Tuesday, which was scheduled to be a preliminary hearing, Robbins said he wanted to continue the case because he was having trouble reaching the victim and the officer in the case was unable to attend the hearing because his wife was in the hospital.

Cornelison’s public defender said the defendant already had missed a lot of work because the case had been continued several times.

That’s when Robbins declared that the case should be dismissed without prejudice and “we will proceed directly to the grand jury.”

Burglary case

The case against a man accused of entering an apartment on Hager Drive and stealing a woman’s purse will be sent to a grand jury.

Jonathan Harris is charged with second-degree burglary in connection with an Aug. 3 incident in which police say he entered the unlocked apartment in the early morning hours, grabbed the purse — which contained approximately $1,000, a bottle of prescription drugs and identification cards — and ran out the door.

The victim said she had no idea who he was, “he just came walking in,” said the Kentucky State Police trooper who testified during the preliminary hearing.

He was described as having dreadlocks, being heavyset and a short, black male, the trooper said.

Harris was identified by the victim, her daughter and a friend from a photo lineup, the trooper testified.

When Harris was arrested, the trooper said Harris said he had been threatened by another black male from West Virginia and forced to go “to a known drug dealer’s house” and steal the purse.

Harris told the police he gave the purse to the man and said the man “gave him a couple of Xanaxs and threw him outside of the car and made him walk home,” the trooper said.

Under questioning from Harris’ public defender, Sarah Bryant, the trooper said there were no signs of struggle at the apartment and no one tried to stop the intruder from taking the purse.

Bryant argued that the evidence presented in the hearing did not warrant probable cause to send the case to grand jury.

“This is a very strange situation,” she said.

Judge Chuck Hardin disagreed.

Lorie Love can be reached at llove@richmondregister. com or 624-6690.

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