Carroll jury acquits father of assault

October 19, 2004|By Athima Chansanchai | Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County man who was videotaped at his son's high school lacrosse game tangling with a coach for the opposing team was acquitted yesterday of assault after his lawyers portrayed him as a parent protecting players during an on-field melee.

The jury deliberated about 45 minutes before finding William Augustus Bell Jr., 40, of the first block of Fairview Ave. in Mount Airy not guilty at the end of a one-day trial before Carroll County Circuit Judge J. Barry Hughes.

A videotape captured the brawl between rivals South Carroll and Liberty high schools at their game April 30 at Liberty's field in Eldersburg. Bell, parent of a South Carroll lacrosse player, was charged in May with second-degree assault in an incident involving Liberty assistant coach Micah S. Reese, 23, of Eldersburg.

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