Five indicted in massive Lee Co. brawl

Five indicted in massive Lee Co. brawl
Defendants in the Lee County courtroom
Defendants in the Lee County courtroom

A grand jury announced the indictments of 5 teens and young adults charged in a massive brawl.

According to a report, 50-year-old Kent Adam died in the fight, and his son, 22-year-old James Calvin Adam, was injured after it broke out in the early morning hours of May 11, at 781 Flowing Well Road, in Lee County.

In the October grand jury session, 19-year-old Aric Cates was indicted on one count of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated battery. 21-year-old Terry James Gravett Jr., 20-year-old Alexandrea Marie Cates, 17-year-old Taylor Elaine Lewis, and 17-year-old Klaudia Jade Truluck were originally charged with felony aggravated assault and aggravated battery, but were all indicted on two misdemeanor counts of simple battery.

"After reviewing all of the evidence, discussing it with the investigators, reviewing the reports and the statements of the various people involved, we felt like the fairest approach to the case was to charge only Mr. Cates with the felony charges," said Southern Circuit  Assistant District Attorney Lewis Lamb.

Two juveniles also charged in the fight are having their cases handled in juvenile court. Investigators said as many as nine people were involved in the fight at Kent Adam's home.

Both victims went to the hospital, but refused medical treatment. Kent Adam died later at his home. All of the people involved were said to be friends. It was unclear what led to the fight.

Prosecutors determined that the fight did not lead directly to Kent Adam's death, and murder charges were never filed.

"The official autopsy report has not been released, but I'm aware of the results and so I know that I can't prove it is a murder and so I'm not going to present it as a murder case," Chief Assistant District Attorney Lewis Lamb said in August.

No trial date has been set.

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