Trial set for Danville man facing first-degree assault charge
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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