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The attorney accused of attacking another lawyer last year has been suspended from practice.

The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order Monday of interim suspension for Augustus Mendenhall, who will be suspended pendente lite effective July 6. The suspension is a result of an emergency petition filed by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.

Mendenhall faces charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery, criminal confinement, and resisting law enforcement following an alleged attack on Indianapolis attorney Edward DeLaney. The two met in Hamilton County, and DeLaney believed the purpose of the meeting was to discuss Mendenhall’s possible purchase of property in Carmel. A passerby saw Mendenhall attacking DeLaney and called police.

DeLaney also serves as an Indiana state representative, representing House District 86.

Mendenhall was admitted to the Indiana bar in October 2008. His jury trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 7 in Hamilton Superior Court.

Justices Frank Sullivan and Theodore Boehm did not participate in the order.
 

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