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Grand jury gets assault case

A Fayette County grand jury will hear the case of a man who allegedly struck his grandfather hard enough to cause death from a brain injury.

Fayette District Judge T. Bruce Bell decided to send Franklin Taylor Arnett's case to the grand jury for consideration after hearing testimony from a Lexington police detective Wednesday morning. The grand jury will decide whether the commonwealth's attorney should prosecute Arnett.

On the morning of Dec. 9, Arnett, 26, got into an argument with his grandfather, Taylor Arnett, 78, about bringing their trash bins back from the curb at 1457 Anniston Drive, the younger Arnett told police detectives.

He told his grandfather there was still trash in one of the bins, but Taylor Arnett did not believe him, said Detective David Richardson.

When they went out to the curb to look at the bins, Franklin Arnett thought his grandfather was going to hit him and made a motion to defend himself. They got into an altercation.

Franklin Arnett told police that his grandfather was biting his right pinkie and that he swung his left fist "with all he had" to stop the biting, Richardson said.

Detectives looked for bite marks on Franklin Arnett's fingers but could not find any, he added.

The elder Arnett was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital and was in a coma for several weeks. He died Jan. 2.

Franklin Arnett was arrested in December and charged with first-degree assault. His preliminary hearing in district court was delayed several times for a mental evaluation to be completed.

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