Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 4, 2012

Road-rage case moves to grand jury

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

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.

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