Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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May 2, 2013

3:10 p.m. AFTERNOON UPDATE: Defense cross-examines Barton, Stinnett begins his testimony

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As True continued to question Barton, the attorney had him indicate on an aerial image where they were when Eaton hit Stinnett in the groin. True then showed Barton a photograph, which Barton identified to be just after Eaton hit Stinnett. However, the location of the photograph, as well as Minor’s testimony about the photograph, did not match Barton’s description of Eaton’s assault on Stinnett.

Stinnett began his testimony about an hour before the court recessed for lunch Thursday. When he found himself stuck in that dead end on Feb. 24, 2010, with Eaton coming up behind him, Stinnett said he put his hands on his head and started to go down to the ground.

“There was nowhere else to run,” Stinnett said.

Eaton said to Stinnett, “You didn’t think it’d be me, did you” and some curse words, and hit him on the head with a baton, allegedly causing Stinnett’s primary injury, a head laceration that required nine staples. Eaton started to hit him again, Stinnett said, and Stinnett raised his elbow to protect himself. The blow landed on Stinnett’s elbow. Eaton’s third baton strike hit Stinnett on the back, he testified.

“Somewhere in there, other officers had arrived,” Stinnett said. “They were striking me, punching me. At some point, one of them put cuffs on me.”

The beating seemed to last three or four minutes, Stinnett said. His only form of resistance was a kick to Eaton’s leg with his steel-toed boot, he said.

Stinnett does not remember getting kicked during the assault, he said. Minor testified Tuesday and Wednesday that he came upon Stinnett already handcuffed and not currently being assaulted, and Minor began the beating by kicking Stinnett before Bennett and Eaton followed suit with punches and batons.

As he was escorted to a police cruiser by Minor after the beating, Stinnett said he does not remember ever being punched in the head, or punched in the groin or stomach by Eaton, two incidents that have been described in other witness testimonies.

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