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Decatur man pleads not guilty to beating deaf victim

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Adrian E. Batts

Adrian E. Batts was sentenced to 24 months' probation after pleading guilty to taking part in the beating and robbery of a deaf victim on May 4 in a house in Decatur. Read more here.

DECATUR — Adrian E. Batts has pleaded not guilty to charges he took part in the beating and robbery of a deaf Decatur man.

Batts, 28, appeared Wednesday before Judge Jeffrey Geisler in Macon County Circuit Court. He denied charges of armed robbery, aggravated robbery and mob action in the incident, which took place May 4 at a house at North Morgan Street and East Garfield Avenue.

Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott said the victim, who wears hearing aids, had been lured into a house by several men, one of whom was Batts, and then set upon.

A sworn police affidavit from the case said the 45-year-old victim was kicked and punched and another assailant, later identified as Brian Cunningham, put a gun to his head and said “Give me your money or you die.”

Scott said Batts and his accomplices stole $650 from the victim and took his cell phone. His two hearing aids, valued at $1,000, were ripped out of his ears, according to authorities, and police officers found the victim covered in scrapes and bruises with blood running out of his mouth. He received hospital treatment.

Geisler said he found sufficient cause to arraign Batts and scheduled a pretrial hearing set for July 30. He remains in the Macon County Jail in lieu of posting $75,000 bond. Cunningham, who has yet to enter a plea, is facing multiple armed robbery charges. He is free on $100,000 bond.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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