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Brass knuckles, knife, car used in beating: police

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

SOMERVILLE — A 19-year-old already facing charges of stabbing his brother and covering up the brutal killing of an alleged drug dealer won't be freed from jail again any time soon, police said Friday.

Not after an incident Wednesday night, in which he allegedly stabbed a man in the neck, broke his jaw with brass knuckles and then ran into him with a vehicle, breaking the man's leg, said Somerville Police Chief Joe Mann.

Cheston Jared Campbell of 91 Bluff City Road was booked back into Morgan County Jail on Thursday on a charge of first-degree assault.

A judge revoked Campbell's bond on previous charges of first-degree assault and hindering prosecution.

Campbell got into the fight, involving another young man, shortly before midnight Wednesday at a residence near the post office on Alabama 67, Mann said.

Campbell "was over at his brother's. They were sitting there just has happy as can be, and an argument started and Jared went off," Mann said.

Mann said the fight moved outside, where Campbell allegedly stabbed the victim in the neck with a knife and struck him with brass knuckles, breaking his jaw.

"There were about five or six folks outside. I think his brother and another buddy wrestled him down and took the knife and brass knuckles from him, and then he went to his car," Mann said.

Campbell then drove into the victim, striking him with the front end of the car, Mann said.

The victim was taken to Huntsville Hospital, where he was treated and released, Mann said.

"He had to go to the orthopedic surgeon for the leg, and the jaw is going to take another surgery," Mann said.

Mann did not release the victim's name because he was unsure of the victim's age.

Campbell had been out of Morgan County Jail on $25,000 bond after a grand jury indicted him in the June 29 stabbing of his brother, Brent Campbell.

Campbell attacked his brother inside his brother's truck on Bluff City Road, severely cutting his leg, Mann said.

Morgan County sheriff's investigators had previously accused Campbell of helping hide the body of Keith Edward Sullins.

A group traveling along Parker Gap Road in the Massey Community discovered the 41-year-old Vinemont man's remains in a gully on Feb. 26.

According to an affidavit filed by investigators, Campbell and Christopher Allen Hogan, 29, of Falkville moved Sullins' body to the gully from a hiding place in the Falkville area.

Sheriff Greg Bartlett said three other people had beat Sullins to death with a baseball bat, apparently over drugs.

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