MASSENA -- A 24-year-old Massena man is facing two felonies for allegedly hitting another man with a softball bat, but he denies using a weapon in the alleged incident.
Darrell J. Herne Jr., 24, of 190 Center St. was jailed on felony charges of second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was arraigned in Massena Village Court and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, Canton in lieu of $2,500 bail.
According to court documents, Herne took a bat and struck James D. Martin, 35, of the same address in the jaw. Herne is charged with felony weapon possession because of an April 24, 2013 conviction in Massena Village Court for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
But in a statement given to police following the alleged incident, Herne denies using the bat, claiming he struck Martin with a closed fist while clenching a cigarette lighter. Herne says he was acting in defense of Jamie Jandrew, who also shares the Center Street address. In his statement, Herne says Martin was being combative and had struck Jandrew because she wouldn't let him drink more beer.