Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Coward Cornwell Charged
The Coward in orange
(matches John Kerry's new tan, huh?)
Brent "The Coward" Cornwell has been charged with second degree assault for his cowardly, vicious attack on PFC Foster Barton in the parking lot of the Germain Amphitheater after a Toby Keith concert two weeks ago.
The 1st Cavalry Division soldier suffered a concussion and a broken nose when he was beaten and kicked several times, then left unconscious in the parking lot.
Eyewitnesses said Barton did nothing to provoke the attack, other than wear an Operation Iraqi Freedom shirt.
PFC Barton had been home on R&R, recovering from wounds he received in Iraq. PFC Barton almost lost his leg when the Humvee he was riding in was hit by a roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The Army awarded him the Purple Heart.
On Tuesday evening, Columbus Police nabbed a suspect. They indicated from the start that Barton’s military service may have played some sort of role in his attack.
"(Tuesday) at approximately 5:30 pm, Mr. Brent Cornwell of Columbus was arrested at his home by CPD. Because several witnesses still need to be interviewed, a photo will not be released until (Wednesday) evening," said Sgt Brent Mull, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.
Sgt. Mull indicated that Cornwell was cooperating with authorities, but he did not say to what extent. Mull also said Cornwell’s family had been helpful in the investigation.
Cornwell is charged with second-degree assault in Delaware Municipal Court.
"The witnesses said that the beating and kicking continued even after Mr. Barton was on the ground," Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost said. "Anytime you've got somebody kicking at somebody who is on the ground, you've got a very dangerous situation. One well-placed kick can end up being fatal."
When asked by the judge if he had anything to say, Cornwell said, "No, I just can't wait until Mr. Yost hears my side of the story."
The judge set bond at $15,000 and ordered Coward Cornwell to be on house arrest.