Two of three Richmond residents originally charged with assault and kidnapping were indicted on lesser charges Wednesday by a Madison grand jury. Charges brought against a third person in the case were dismissed.
Lewis Alan Cole, 24, Theoddeus Gray, 22 and Tasya Gibson, 28, all of S. Killarney Drive, were arrested in August for allegedly luring a woman into an apartment and beating her about the head and torso with a handgun.
Gray was indicted for second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment. If convicted, he could spend up to 10 years in prison. Cole was indicted for fourth-degree assault and violation of an Emergency Protection Order. Cole could serve up to a year in jail if convicted.
Complicity charges against Gibson were dismissed.
Richmond police were dispatched Aug. 9 to the 100 block of S. Killarney Drive to investigate an assault complaint.
The victim, who met police outside the apartment, said she was grabbed while outside the residence and dragged inside, Maj. Bob Mott of the Richmond Police Department said in August.
She said while being held inside the residence, she was struck several times in the head and torso with a handgun, Mott said.
Officers observed injuries consistent with her allegations, Mott said. They secured a warrant and searched the residence.
The victim was lured into the apartment when Gibson offered her a cigarette, according to Richmond Police Officer Lydia Douglas’ testimony during an August preliminary hearing in Madison District Court.
Once inside, Cole held her as Gray beat her with a pistol, Douglas said.
The victim had a “... huge contusion on her forehead” and another on the right side of her head, the officer testified. Blood was oozing from broken skin on her forehead, the officer said.
The victim was never physically bound or transported to another location, Douglas said.
Gray’s attorney, Meena Mohanty, argued in district court that a kidnapping charge was not justified based on facts presented by Douglas. At most, they would support only a charge of unlawful imprisonment, she said.
Cole and Gray remain in the Madison County Detention Center on $20,000 cash bonds. Gibson was released Wednesday after her charges were dismissed. She had been held on a $10,000 bond.
An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt.
Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@ richmondregister.com or 624-6608.