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Trial set for Danville man facing first-degree assault charge

(Photo courtesy of the Boyle County Detention Center)  Jerry Mathes who is out on bond.

(Photo courtesy of the Boyle County Detention Center)
Jerry Mathes who is out on bond.

The owner of a Danville body shop who is facing charges of assault and possession of drugs after allegedly shooting someone in 2014 has decided to take his case before a jury.

Jerry Mathes, owner of Jerry’s Body Shop at 409 Roy Arnold Dr., faced Circuit Court Judge Darren Peckler on Thursday. Mathes was scheduled to enter a plea, but instead opted to schedule a trial.

It will be held in March.

According to archives from The Advocate-Messenger, the Danville Police Department was dispatched to Jerry’s Body Shop at about 11 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2014, after a report of an altercation involving a handgun. When officers arrived, they found Mathes and Ricky Cole, a customer at the time, engaged in a fight. Cole, also a local business owner, had suffered a gunshot wound.

According to files from the Boyle County Circuit Clerk’s office, Mathes and Cole were arguing over money owed on a truck belonging to Cole.

Officers also found a small packet of white powder that tested positive as cocaine, according to archives.

Initially, Mathes was charged with attempted murder, but that was later amended to a first-degree assault charge. He was also charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mathes is out on a $20,000 bond.

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