Criminal Justice

Acquitted Client in Lawyer Home 'Break-In' Is Now Alleged Victim of Counsel's Baseball Bat

A client initially accused of breaking into his legal counsel’s home in December and assaulting the attorney is now regarded by West Virginia authorities as the victim of an alleged criminal attack by the lawyer.

Attorney Joshua Robinson was indicted today by a Kanawha County grand jury on felony charges of embezzlement and malicious wounding and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing justice, reports the Charleston Gazette.

According to testimony at a preliminary hearing in the case that was initially brought against his client, David Lee Gump II, and subsequently dismissed, Gump said he went to Robinson’s home in Charleston to find out why Robinson had cashed a check for $1,100 made out to Gump’s deceased grandfather. Gump said he never broke into his attorney’s home, and a neighbor testified that he saw Robinson come of his house and beat Gump with a baseball bat.

Robinson broke the glass in his own front door with a backswing of the bat, the neighbor said, and also chased Gump around his car and broke a window in the vehicle, the newspaper reports.

Robinson declined to comment when contacted by the Gazette.

Gump’s mother tells the newspaper that her son has head injuries and memory problems and will need surgery on an eye and an arm as a result of the baseball bat attack.

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