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Accused attorney attacker’s trial begins

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The trial of the attorney who allegedly attacked a state representative last year began today in Hamilton County.

Augustus J. Mendenhall faces several felony charges, including attempted murder and aggravated battery following an attack on Rep. Edward DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, in October 2009 in Carmel. Mendenhall arranged a meeting with DeLaney, who also is an attorney, to discuss the possible purchase of property in Carmel, according to reports. A witness called police after seeing DeLaney and Mendenhall in a car and believed DeLaney may be in trouble.

When police arrived, they found Mendenhall on top of DeLaney, punching him in the head. DeLaney suffered injuries to his head and face in the attack.

Mendenhall is also charged with felony robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, felony criminal confinement, and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement. He was admitted to the bar in October 2008, and the Indiana Supreme Court suspended him in July 2010.

Mendenhall’s trial is in Hamilton Superior Court 3 before Judge William J. Hughes.
 

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