Son accused of using father's own crutch to beat him

Son accused of using father's own crutch to beat him

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Investigators arrested a Region 8 man after they say he used his father's metal crutch to beat the older man, sending him to the hospital.

A man accused of using his father's metal crutch to beat the older man told investigators it was "just a misunderstanding."

Independence County sheriff's deputies arrested Billy Jack Renfrow, 34, on suspicion of first-degree domestic battery.

The arrest came after deputies responded to a physical disturbance in the 800-block of Long Street in Newark.

When they arrived they found 62-year-old Walter Renfrow bleeding from his face, head and arms, court documents said.

He told deputies his son used his own metal crutch to beat him.

Investigators noted finding a "gray, broken metal walking crutch with blood on it in the living room floor."

They also found blood on the carpet, furniture and the neck of a large whiskey bottle.

Renfrow told deputies his son had spent the night with him. Upon awaking, he said they both had a "couple of mixed drinks."

Eventually, he told his son that he should not drink anymore.

It was then he said that Billy Jack Renfrow began to beat him with his fists and the crutch.

Walter Renfrow, who has an amputated right leg, said he was not wearing his prosthetic leg at the time and could not escape.

He was taken to the White River Medical Center in Batesville and treated for numerous bruises and cuts. The court documents also stated he suffered a fracture of the maxillary sinus in his face and bi-lateral nose fracture, requiring surgery.

Deputies found Billy Jack Renfrow in a back bedroom, with "what appeared to be blood on his clothing," and arrested him.

The next day, after he was read his Miranda rights, Renfrow agreed to speak with a detective. He then refused to sign the form and said, "I don't want to say anything to incriminate myself."

The detective noted Renfrow's right hand had a "fresh abrasion that was only starting to scab" and photographed it.

While waiting in the hallway to be escorted back to his cell, Renfrow reportedly said to the detective, "It was just a misunderstanding."

The court documents stated, "At no time did Billy Jack Renfrow ever ask about the condition of his father."

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