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Menifield Assault Charge Could be Upgraded
By Tim Brockwell
PADUCAH - A Michigan coach charged with assaulting a referee Saturday at a basketball tournament in McCracken County could face more serious charges.

Forty-year-old Keyon Menifield of Flint, Michigan is accused of punching Kenny Culp during a disagreement at the game, knocking him unconscious. Menifield was arrested later at a local hotel on misdemeanor assault charges. Early reports from the McCracken County Sheriff's Office described Culp's injuries as minor, but pictures and reports on social media have suggested that his injuries may have been more severe in nature.

Detective Ryan Norman says his office is in the process of obtaining Culp's medical records to determine if more serious felony charges against Menifield are warranted.

"We've been in contact with Mr. Culp's family, and we're in the process of obtaining medical records to see the physicians' opinions to be able to give all the information to the Commonwealth Attorney's office so they can determine whether it meets felony criteria." Norman said.

Norman said if records show Culp's injuries are serious and cause prolonged disfigurement or impairment of health, the charge against Menifield could be upgraded to second-degree assault, which is a Class C Felony.  

Menifield is currently out on bond. His next court appearance has been scheduled for April 16.

A fundraiser has been set up on Facebook to help Culp's family pay for his medical expenses. You can donate by visiting the link below.

On the Net:

Kenny Culp Fundraiser


Published 10:07 AM, Tuesday Apr. 09, 2019
Updated 05:54 PM, Saturday Apr. 13, 2019

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