Machen found not guilty of beer can assault

Machen found not guilty of beer can assault

(May 3, 2013) The Ocean City woman who was accused in February of assaulting her fiancé with a can of beer left jail Wednesday after being found not guilty.

Kathleen T. Machen, 47, was charged with second-degree assault on Feb. 5 after allegedly attacking Joseph Webster with a can of beer in a room at a 12th Street inn.

The next day, Machen allegedly attacked him again, this time with a can of beans. In that incident, Webster had been asleep when Machen allegedly began to hit him. According to Ocean City police, she struck his head repeatedly with the can, causing several bleeding wounds.

In that case, she was charged with first- and second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property and resisting arrest.

She was arrested a third time on Feb. 19 and was charged once more with second-degree assault, with Webster as the victim. That assault reportedly took place during an argument about a can of beer.

She was also found not guilty Wednesday of that crime.

During a preliminary hearing March 20 in District Court in Ocean City to determine if the Feb. 6 case should be forwarded to Circuit Court, the judge said Webster was too intoxicated to testify. He found Webster in contempt of court and sentenced him to four days in the county lock-up.

The judge also found probable cause for the felony charge of first-degree assault against Webster and forwarded the case to Circuit Court in Snow Hill. That case is scheduled for trial July 3.

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