Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

October 4, 2012

Road-rage case moves to grand jury

CATLETTSBURG — A Boyd County grand jury will hear evidence in a road rage-related stabbing case.

Boyd District Judge Gerald B. Reams Jr. on Wednesday bound the case over after David Mussetter, the attorney for the defendant, Dewey Greear, waived a preliminary hearing on his client’s behalf.

Greear, 57, who is charged with first-degree assault in the Sept. 16 incident, was not in the courtroom. However, as Reams noted, he was not required to appear, either.

It wasn’t immediately known when the case would be presented to the grand jury.

Greear is charged with stabbing Patrick Steele, 52, in the front yard of Greear’s residence in the 5200 block of Central Parkway. According to the Ashland Police Department, both Greear and Steele had been riding motorcycles and Steele was apparently upset by something Greear did, rode to his house, got off his bike and confronted him. The two men got into a fight, which culminated in Greear stabbing Steele in the abdomen.

According to a report filed by APD Officer Erik Wilder, it was Greear who called 911 to report the incident, telling a dispatcher he “had been attacked” by Steele, so he stabbed him with a pocket knife.

Another 911 came in a short time later from Steele’s girlfriend, who reported Greear “was making threats” to her and to Steele, so Steele got off his motorcycle to confront him, and was stabbed by Greear after doing so.

Greear, a heart transplant recipient, also told Wilder he “was being kicked all around the yard” by Steele, and was “in fear for his life due to his heart condition,” so he pulled out his knife. He also told the officer Steele “lunged forward into the knife.”

Greear and Steele both were hospitalized following the incident. Steele was taken initially to King’s Daughters Medical Center, then transfered to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. Greear was admitted to KDMC for observation after complaining of medical emergency.

Greear was cited to court, rather than being arrested, and Reams allowed to remain free on his own recognizance.

Greear was charged with first-degree assault for allegedly intentionally inflicting injury to Steele with a “dangerous instrument.” The charge is a Class B felony that carries a 10- to 20-year prison sentence.

The APD filed a cross-complaint against Steele with Boyd County Attorney Phillip Hedrick, requesting he be prosecuted for fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. Hedrick said this week the case was still under review and no decision had been made on whether Steele would be charged.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2654.

Text Only
Local News
  • Highway naming ceremony set

    State leaders will join Kentucky Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini in Morehead next week to name a Kentucky highway in memory of a Rowan County native and member of the United States Air Force with 12 years of service who died last year while serving in Afghanistan.

    July 25, 2014

  • Package liquor sales begin in Grayson

    It took more than a year, an investment of about $750,000, and a lot of paperwork but packaged liquor went on sale last Thursday in Grayson.
    Grayson Beverage Center received its license last Tuesday and was able to begin sales as soon as the shelves were stocked.

    July 25, 2014

  • Lemonade stand is paying off of 12-year-old

    During most of the past week, drivers traveling down 13th Street have been seeing a young man selling lemonade on the side of the road for 75 cents a cup.
    That would be Lucas Gillum, a kid who has a heart for helping others.

    July 25, 2014

  • 0726FairFri0306.jpg Friday fantastic day for fair activities

    Among the many smiling faces along the midway at the Boyd County Fair Friday evening, Jesse Cline’s excited grin stood out in the crowd as he prepared to perform for his home-county crowd.
    “I go to Idol Wednesday,” said Cline, who made it to Hollywood during last year’s season of American Idol.

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • Manchin being sued by brother for $1.7M

    U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III faces a $1.7 million civil suit filed by a brother over a lifeline to save a family carpet business in the late 1980s.

    July 25, 2014

  • Good deed done: ReStore returns cash to owner

    Staff of Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore recently discovered a large sum of money in a donated piece of furniture.

    July 25, 2014

  • Highway to be named for late airman from Morehead

    State leaders will join Kentucky Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini in Morehead next week to name a Kentucky highway in memory of a Rowan County native and member of the United States Air Force with 12 years of service who died last year while serving in Afghanistan.S

    July 25, 2014

  • Food vendor charged in slaying back to selling

    A Louisville hot dog vendor who is free on bond after being charged with murder in a suspected case of road rage has returned to selling hot dogs at his long-time perch in front of the courthouse.

    July 25, 2014

  • 2 charged with punishing child with hot sauce

    Two people have been charged with criminal abuse after police say they force fed hot sauce and vinegar to a 4-year-old girl on several occasions.

    July 25, 2014

  • Paul blends privacy with civil rights in speech

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul blended his message of libertarian-fueled privacy policies with civil rights-inspired criminal justice reforms during a speech Friday to the National Urban League’s annual convention in this presidential battleground state.

    July 25, 2014