Lexington man pleads not guilty in shooting

kward1@herald-leader.comJanuary 19, 2010 

A Lexington man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of first-degree assault in connection with a shooting on Carlisle Avenue early Sunday.

Nathan Travis Neal, 19, is accused of shooting Phillip Masengale once in the chest during a dispute at 416 Carlisle Avenue.

Masengale was listed in serious condition at the University of Kentucky Hospital Tuesday night.

Neal, Masengale, Heather Mosley and Ashley Webb were at the home when an altercation occurred between Webb and Neal, who had previously been romantically involved, according to a criminal complaint filed in Fayette District Court.

Mosley, who is Neal's sister, told police that Neal was dragging Webb through the living room, trying to "throw her out of the house" when Masengale intervened.

The two men fought, and Masengale subdued Neal, Mosley told police. She said he let Neal go after Neal agreed that he would not "do anything stupid."

She said Neal left the house, only to return about five minutes later with a silver handgun, which he pointed at Masengale. Masengale tried to push the gun away, and Neal shot him, Mosley told police.

Neal was being held on $7,500 full cash bond. His next scheduled court appearance is Jan. 27.

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