John Mellencamp's Teen Sons Face Felonies After Man's Beating

Image: John Mellencamp's Teen Sons Face Felonies After Man's Beating Speck Mellencamp, left, and brother Hud.

Friday, 16 Aug 2013 09:29 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Rock star John Mellencamp's two teenage sons are facing felony battery charges after allegedly beating an Indiana man so badly he might need plastic surgery.

The victim, who suffered facial fractures and lacerations, told police that the Mellencamp brothers — Speck, 18, and Hud, 19 — along with Ty Smith, the 19-year-old son of Indiana University baseball coach Tracy Smith, came to his Bloomington, Ind., home on July 29 after a party, according to the HeraldTimesOnline.com.

The trio reportedly began beating the victim on the front porch of the home, brutally stomping and punching him, until three of the man's roommates pulled the attackers off, the police report says. The Mellencamps and Smith then left.

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The Mellencamps told police the fight started at a party at the home earlier that night when Speck Mellencamp was hit in the face, the HeraldTimesOnline.com reported. Speck Mellencamp said he had tried to stop a dispute between two girls who were fighting over him and was pushed and hit by a man. He was upset by the incident and not thinking straight, he said, when he returned to the house with his brother and Smith.

Hud Mellencamp, a trained boxer who won Indiana Golden Gloves boxing titles in 2009, 2010, and 2011, told police the fight was between his brother and the victim.

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Monroe County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller said arrangements are being made for the Mellencamps to turn themselves over to police, and Smith reportedly turned himself in Thursday.

The Mellencamps and Smith have been charged with felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, according to IndyStar.com.

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