Defense rests in trial of baseball bat beating case - WNEM TV 5

Defense rests in trial of baseball bat beating case

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Brandon Carbeno in court Brandon Carbeno in court
BATTLE CREEK, MI (WNEM) -

The trial of a Carrollton Township man charged with using a baseball bat to beat a man following a concert in Bay City resumed Wednesday.

Brandon E. Carbeno, 28, is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to cause harm less than murder.

Police say Carbeno bludgeoned Chene D. Swarthout following a Styx concert at Bay City's Veterans Memorial Park on June 25.

The prosecution rested its case in after three days of testimony last week and nearly two dozen witnesses.

Witnesses testified the attack occurred after the two men began arguing while attempting to leave a congested parking lot. One driver allegedly cut off another in traffic around Liberty Harbor Marina, and that confrontation escalated to the beating.

Swarthout, 45, of Sanford, suffered a severe brain injury and was in a coma for several days.

The men did not know each other.

On Wednesday, Carbeno fought back tears as he testified for about an hour in his own defense. He told the courtroom that he acted in self defense, claiming he only picked up the bat after Swarthout hit his wife in the face.

Carbeno faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Watch TV5's coverage of the trial in the video player above.

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