Judge sets plea date for Young, Hutson, Felsher

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A Circuit Court judge today set a March 14 plea date in an assault and kidnapping case against a Rutherford County commissioner and two businessmen charged with choking, burning and threatening a partner in a ticket selling deal that went awry.

Circuit Court Judge David Bragg also ordered the district attorney general to provide the defense with the exact dates in July 2012 the alleged incidents took place.

“They are entitled to know the date a particular event occurred,” in order to prepare a defense, Bragg said.

Rutherford County Commissioner Matt Young, businessman Curtis “Bubba” Hutson and Harvey Felsher of Mississippi are charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of domestic assault, four counts of extortion and aggravated kidnapping for allegedly strangling, terrorizing and threatening Kenneth “Slim Shady” Cooper at Hutson’s East Main Street home in July 2012.

The case stems from a disagreement over a ticket scalping operation to a Justin Bieber concert in Nashville. All three men were arrested and released on $100,000 bond in November 2013.

Following a defense motion for a bill of particulars earlier this month, Bragg said the state provided several compact discs, paperwork and information from the alleged victim as evidence. But because the case involves a multi-count indictment regarding incidents that took place in July 2012, Bragg determined that defense attorneys should be told the exact dates each offense occurred.

Attorney Terry Fann, who is representing Young, said afterward he would like to resolve the case as soon as possible. Young qualified recently to run for re-election to the County Commission and faces a May 6 Republican primary challenge.

“We feel confident in our position defending Mr. Young,” Fann said.

In a recent interview, District Attorney Bill Whitesell could not comment on the case’s evidence or whether he felt the state could get convictions.

“Probably the case will end up going to trial,” he said.

Cooper, who is nicknamed “Slim Shady” and had been friends with Young and Hutson for years, reportedly told police they choked him with a dog collar, burned him with cigarettes and threatened to shoot him after they discovered he gambled away $20,000 they invested in his ticket scalping business. They found out he lost the money after he gave them phony tickets to a Justin Bieber show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Cooper contends they called Sheriff Robert Arnold to have him arrested after the incident but that Rutherford County detectives refused to arrest him without a warrant. Still, they took him to the sheriff’s office, according to reports.

The three men have denied Cooper’s allegations and contend he is not telling the truth.

Cooper reportedly was serving time in Christian County Jail in Hopkinsville, Ky., for assaulting Young earlier in 2012.

Young was indicted in Metro Nashville, as well, in connection with selling bogus tickets. Fann did not know when that case was to go to court.

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