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Teen To Be Tried on Aggravated Battery Charges

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7-29-14 Michael StrongA Knox County judge has ruled a Galesburg teenager can stand trial on charges accusing him of assaulting another man during a dispute earlier this month.

Judge Scott Shipplett yesterday found probable cause for 18-year-old Michael Strong to be tried on two Class-Three Felony charges of Aggravated Battery. Strong was arrested on July third.

Galesburg Police detective Travis Smith testified that officers were called to the 600 block of Peck Street that day, and discovered a victim bleeding from the head, lying on a concrete driveway.

Smith says several people described as eyewitnesses told investigators that Strong told them he had hit the victim in the head with a baseball bat.

Most, however, admitted they didn’t see the attack happened, allegedly stemming from a dispute.

The victim was later transported to a Peoria hospital with a skull fracture but was eventually released.

A pre-trial hearing in the case is scheduled for October 6th now that Strong has also entered a not guilty plea, with a trial potentially beginning as soon as October 20th.

Strong remains held in the Knox County Jail on $100,000 bond, after Shipplett yesterday denied a motion to lower the man’s bond, citing his criminal record and what Shipplett said was the seriousness of the crime.