Jury Selection Begins For Brothers Charged In Beating

Father Convicted In Separate Incident

February 02, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Jury selection started Friday for the trial of two brothers charged with beating three men outside an Aberdeen bar in May.

Their father was convicted last week of attempting to murder their mother.

David D. Kennedy, 22, of Havre de Grace, and his brother, CharlesKennedy Jr., 28, of Aberdeen, each face five counts of battery and other charges, court records say.

The Kennedys are the sons of Charles Kennedy Sr., 50, who was found guilty of attempted murder, assault and two weapons charges by a jury of 12 men on Wednesday. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The two brothers are chargedin a complaint filed by three men who contend that the brothers started a fight with them outside the Eagle's Nest tavern in the JameswayPlaza in Aberdeen on May 18, 1991, records say.

Charles Kennedy Jr. is charged with five counts of battery and four weapons charges. His brother, David, is charged with five counts of battery, malicious destruction and a weapons charge.

Charles Kennedy Jr. is accused of striking one of the victims in the eye and kicking him in the head,striking another victim with a pipe

and kicking him in the head and punching a third victim six times and slicing his hand with a knife, records say.

David Kennedy is accused of striking and kicking two of the victims as well as punching a third man and hitting him with a pipe, records say. He also is charged with vandalizing a 1983 Chevrolet pickup truck belonging to one of the victims.

As for the defendants' father, a Havre de Grace resident, he was found guilty of shooting his ex-wife, Barbara J. Kennedy, in the back of her head witha .22-caliber handgun on March 17, 1991.

Kennedy, a truck driver,filed a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, court records say.He described himself as a heavy drinker and said he did not rememberthe shooting.

Barbara Kennedy and a 16-year-old daughter told police that Charles Kennedy Sr. came to their home on Lewis Drive in Aberdeen following a party for his grandson. William Kennedy, the Kennedys' 25-year-old son, testified that he tried to get his father out ofthe home before the shooting.

During a confrontation, Kennedy puthis arm around his ex-wife, fired his handgun into the floor of the mobile home and then fired a second shot into the woman's head, according to court records.

Following the shooting, the woman was flownto the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where doctors removed a rib and used it to replace bone shattered in her head.

She filed a $6 million civil suit against her former husband in July, charging him with assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, records say. The case is pending.

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