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June 4, 2014

Terre Haute, Rosedale men in court after beating victim dies

TERRE HAUTE — A Rosedale man and a Terre Haute man appeared in Vigo Superior Court 6 on Tuesday on charges of aggravated battery stemming from a December 2013 incident.

However, the recent death of the victim in that incident might result in amended criminal charges.

Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt said Tuesday that the investigation continues into the Dec. 31 beating of Jeremy Salesman by James M. Shafer, 22, and Christopher A. Pine, 22.

An autopsy was conducted Tuesday on Salesman, 37, who died Friday after being hospitalized and placed on life support May 24.

Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos said that information from the autopsy is expected to be released today. She said Tuesday afternoon that some additional discussion among investigators will occur before the autopsy results are released.

Salesman had suffered head injuries including a broken eye socket and cheek bone in the December incident. Since then the victim had suffered a stroke, other complications and had to have part of his brain removed.

Modesitt said Tuesday that the criminal charges of aggravated battery were presented by investigators last week, and charges were filed Monday. However, because of Salesman’s death, the charges could be amended pending results of the autopsy and the ongoing investigation.

According to probable cause affidavits, Shafer and Pine were with another man screaming outside Salesman’s home when a woman who knew Shafer exited the house to ask the men to stop screaming. When Shafer allegedly raised his fist to strike the woman, Salesman went outside and stepped between Shafer and the woman. Shafer reportedly punched Salesman in the face and continued to punch him while the older man lay on the ground. Pine, who was wearing work boots, was reportedly kicking Salesman in the head while the older man was curled in a fetal position on the ground.

A neighbor who resides in the 2300 block of McKeen Avenue heard the commotion and witnessed the incident. The neighbor said that Shafer and Pine fled the scene when police arrived, but police stopped the men, who were in a vehicle down the street.

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