MUSIC NEWS - Sons of Rocker John Mellencamp face battery charges in their home state of Indiana for allegedly punching and kicking a man during a fight that left the victim with serious facial injuries. On Thursday, prosecutors in Monroe County, IN, charged 19 year old Hud Mellencamp of Nashville, IN, and his brother, 18 year old Speck Mellencamp, of Bloomington, with one count each of battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Ty A. Smith, 19, of Bloomington, IN, faces the same charge in the early AM attack on July 29. Local paper, The Herald-Times, reports that Mr Smith is the son of Indiana University baseball coach Tracy Smith and is a walk-on for IU's football team.
The Bloomington Police Department said via a statement on late Thursday afternoon that investigators were trying to contact the Mellencamp brothers and Smith to make arrangements for them to surrender.
A probable cause affidavit states that Speck Mellencamp punched 19 year old Alexander Bucy in the face on the porch of Bucy's Bloomington home because he believed Bucy it him earlier that evening at Bucy's house party. Hud Mellencamp and Smith reported joined in, and the trio allegedly "punched, kicked and stomped" Bucy, the document states.
When Bucy was able to get to his feet, Speck Mellencamp allegedly knocked him backward off the porch onto the sidewalk two to three feet below, where Speck Mellencamp punched Bucy until someone pulled him away. The Mellencamp brothers and Smith then allegedly ran from the scene. Mr Bucy suffered facial fractures and received stitches at a local hospital, according to the affidavit. The document also says Bucy was referred to a plastic surgeon.
Speck Mellencamp told officers he had been at a party at Bucy's home earlier when two girls began fighting over him, and that a white male punched him as he tried to halt the girls' fight. Mellencamp said his assailant ran into the house. He said he "was very upset about being punched" but soon left and went home, where he, his brother and Smith decided to return.
Hud and Speck Mellencamp are the sons of singer/songwriter John Mellencamp; whose hits include "Hurts So Good" and "Pink Houses" and his third wife, model Elaine Irwin. Mellencamp's recently worked with T Bone Burnett and Steven King on Ghost Brothers of Darkland County