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Buckhannon man facing felony charge

Simmons

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man has been arrested for allegedly attacking a man at his residence.

Khori Wayne Simmons, 25, was arrested for malicious assault, a felony, by Deputy Joseph D. Barcus with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

On Oct. 5, Barcus was dispatched to 4080 Route 20 South Rd. for a report of trauma resulting in injury. The caller, Talia Simmons, initially said she had walked into the residence and discovered her boyfriend, William R. Alkire, bleeding from the head and lying on the floor, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Alkire told Barcus he let Khori Simmons, Talia’s brother, into the residence to get out of the weather. Alkire then got into a fight with Khori Simmons over Alkire and Talia getting into a small argument.

“The victim stated that at one point, the defendant did pull a knife on him, but did put it away,” Barcus stated in the criminal complaint. But Simmons then allegedly picked up a coffee table leg with the head of two screws sticking out of it and struck Alkire in the left side of the head.

Alkire was covered in a “large amount of blood” and had an approximately 2-inch long, 1 ¢ inch deep laceration on his forehead exposing his skull and another longer shallow laceration towards the victim’s head.

Alkire was treated at the scene by Upshur County EMS and then taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital for further treatment.

Simmons left before Barcus arrived. The deputy stated that the coffee table leg allegedly used in the altercation was seized and had blood on the handle as well as on the head of one of the screws.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $40,000.

Unlawful assault or malicious assault carries one to five years in the penitentiary or confined in jail for up to one year and fined not to exceed $500.

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