|Parent Charged in Coach Assault Wants Trial|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Friday, 14 March 2014 05:10|
A Bethel schools’ parent charged with misdemeanor assault in an alleged altercation with the varsity football coach wants a Miami County jury to hear the evidence against him.
A jury trial was requested last week in county Municipal Court by the lawyer for Michael Mullins, 44, of U.S. Route 40, Tipp City. A trial date has not been set.
Mullins faces two misdemeanor assault charges in an alleged altercation with varsity football Coach Kevin Finfrock following a Nov. 1 game in which Mullins questioned his son’s playing time.
Mullins has pleaded not guilty. He is accused of assaulting Finfrock after the game in the school bus garage used by the team as a locker room.
Deputies said Mullins allegedly approached Finfrock and asked to talk with him about his son's playing time. Finfrock reported he declined but was followed into the garage by Mullins, where two altercations allegedly occurred.
The sheriff’s office report states Finfrock was folding chairs while cleaning the garage when the two exchanged words.
Mullins allegedly yelled that he thought Finfrock was going to hit him with a chair and charged the coach. Two witnesses said they pulled Mullins off Finfrock before a second encounter occurred.