Some charges dropped in Forest Co. beating case

From left to right: Justin Bey, Raymond Jones, April Jones, Samantha McClellan (Forest Co. Jail)
From left to right: Justin Bey, Raymond Jones, April Jones, Samantha McClellan (Forest Co. Jail)

CRANDON – Felony charges against two people were dropped Monday, as the four suspects charged with beating a man and leaving him for dead in the woods appeared in Forest County court Monday.

The victim met one of the suspects online and traveled to Forest County. After the suspects claim the man inappropriately touched a child, they allegedly beat the man for several days and left him for dead in the woods for wolves to eat. He was later found by ATV riders. No charges are planned against the victim for the alleged touching incident, the district attorney has said.

The felony charges against April Jones and Samantha McClellan were dismissed by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom, who has been assigned the case and only misdemeanor battery charges remain. However, prosecutors have three days to re-file amended complaints, according to the online records.

Justin Bey changed his plea Monday to add a not guilty by reason of mental disease plea. Judge Bloom ordered a psychiatric exam, according to online court records.

Raymond Jones’ motion to have a separate trial was granted by the judge.

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