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27-year-old arrested in beating of older man, 71

Adam Michael Mudgett (Source: Baxter County Sheriff Department) Adam Michael Mudgett (Source: Baxter County Sheriff Department)

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR (KAIT) – Formal charges have been filed against a Cotter man following the beating of a 71-year-old man.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff Department, Adam Michael Mudgett, 27, is charged with battery in the first degree after police found an injured Herman R. Hackworth lying on the ground at Pigeon Creek Park, which is North of Mountain Home on Lake Norfork January 1.

Police say Mudgett claimed he hit Hackworth two or three times after Hackworth approached him, struck up an "uncomfortable" conversation, and reached out to grab him.

Officers say they found Hackworth lying between two large rocks approximately 30 feet from the driver's side door of his van, bloody and incoherent. He was rushed to the Cox Medical Center in Springfield, and had sustained serious physical injuries, including fractures to his face and skull.  He was later transferred yet again to a specialized treatment facility.   

Sheriff's investigator processed the crime scene and determined that the incident happened sometime before 9:12 p.m., which is when Mudgett called both his wife and a friend about the situation he was in. Emergency services weren't called until an hour later.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery explains that Mudgett left the crime scene after Hackworth fell to the ground and later returned with his friend, the first 911 caller. Sheriff Montgomery also stated that Mudgett's wife also called emergency services were already en route to the park.

 Mudgett gave officers conflicting statements over the following weeks, says Sheriff's Investigator Trey Edings, but a voicemail left for Mudgett's friend revealed that Mudgett had told his friend to deny everything if he was questioned.

Prosecuting attorney of the 19th Judicial District East was appointed to this case as the special prosecuting attorney.

 Mudgett was arrested March 28 and booked into the Baxter County Detention Center. He was release after posting a surety bond of $25,000 and is scheduled to appear in court April 12.

Hackworth's condition is unknown at this time.

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