A 23-year-old Billings man accused of hitting a man in the head with a baseball bat when the man refused to leave a South Side house party was charged today with felony assault with a weapon.
Robert Michael Leake appeared in state District Court for arraignment by video from the county jail and pleaded not guilty. Judge Susan Watters set bond at $10,000 and said a trial would be scheduled later.
According to court records, Leake was arrested Saturday after officers were sent to a report of a burglary at 137 Jackson St. The officers later determined that the burglary report was false when they found a man covered in blood near the residence.
The injured man, Albert Doney, told police he had been at the house on Jackson Street and had been asked by several people to leave. He said a person in the house hit him in the head with a baseball bat.
A woman who lives at the house told officers that several people had gathered and were drinking together, but most had left by about 1 a.m. Doney was asked to leave several times, and the woman said she eventually went to bed around 2:20 a.m. She said Leake came to her room a short time later and told her that he had hit Doney.
Another woman told police that Doney was sitting on a couch when Leake, without provocation, picked up a baseball bat and struck him in the head.
Police said Leake first told officers that Doney was a burglar who was armed with a knife. He said he hit Doney because he thought the man was making a threatening move.
Doney was treated for a serious head wound at St. Vincent Healthcare.