A Hull man was arrested last week on obstruction charges stemming from an earlier incident involving the beating of a man at a Lem Edwards Road home.
Matthew Darrell Drake, 24, 273 Piedmont Road, was charged with one count of obstruction of an officer.
According to the sheriff’s office, Drake hindered the investigation and made false statements to investigators involving the assault of Timothy Franklin Veal, 52. Veal was found by Deputy Jeff Strickland on Dec. 1, severely beaten in a bedroom of his home.
John William Baxter, 34, of an Athens address was charged with aggravated battery and obstruction at the time of the incident. Drake, who told officers he was with the two men, denied any part in the beating. He and Baxter eventually left Veal at his home, after driving him around in his car for a while.
Veal suffered two collapsed lungs, broken ribs and severe facial trauma and was transported to the intensive care unit at Augusta Medical Center. Madison County Sheriff’s Department investigator Jimmy Patton said Tuesday that Veal remains in intensive care in Augusta, but that his condition has been upgraded to “serious.” He was removed from the ventilator on Monday and has been able to speak. Patton said Veal is “progressing slowly” and that he will attempt to interview him about the incident once he is moved into a regular room.
Patton said more charges could be pending in the case.
In another arrest, Danielsville man was charged with family violence last week following a domestic incident at his residence.
Don Christopher Mardis, 37, 793 Fred McElreath Road, was charged with one count of battery FVA and two counts of cruelty to children in the third degree.
According to the incident report, a woman at the residence stated that her boyfriend, Mardis, pushed her down and held her by the neck. Two children were reportedly present when the incident occurred.
Others arrested by law enforcement officials in the county last week included:
•William Joseph Adams, II, 41, 371 Timber Ridge Lane, Colbert, failure to appear (original charge: burglary, etc.).