Anchorage teen acquitted of assault charge

Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage teen-ager who hit another boy in the head with a metal baseball bat last year was acquitted Tuesday of assault charges.

Tad Sheffield, 17, was charged with felony assault and tried as an adult for hitting Brian Carle hard enough to require brain surgery.

Sheffield and Carle, 17, had an ongoing dispute and agreed to meet behind the South Anchorage Fred Meyer store on Jan. 14, 2001, to fight.

Carle is about 60 pounds heavier and several inches taller than Sheffield. He admitted on the stand he had beaten Sheffield up before.

The dispute between the boys apparently involved Carle's belief that Sheffield broke into his car.

Defense attorney Julia Moudy painted Carle as a bully who sought Sheffield out and tormented him. Sheffield swung the bat once that night in self-defense, she said, as Carle closed in on him in a menacing way when Sheffield was trying to get away.

In a written statement, a spokeswoman for Carle's family said they were disappointed in the outcome. The family is considering filing a civil lawsuit.

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