Ripley County Sheriff's Office
(Ripley County, Ind.) - What began as a fight has become one man’s death and possibly another man’s life behind bars.
Jeremiah McIntosh, of Holton was in a fight with Jeffrey Benham, of Versailles, at a home on Benham Road in Versailles April 3, according to the Osgood Journal.
Witnesses told police in a probable cause affidavit that Benham had come to the home of Jason McIntosh, brother of Jeremiah, with 40 other people.
McIntosh hit Benham with a baseball bat in the head. Jason McIntosh would later tell police it was an act of self defense as Benham had took the first swing at his brother with a stick.
When Ripley County deputies arrived at the scene they found Benham on the ground bleeding.
While it is unclear what events between the two may have instigated the situation, the newspaper reports McIntosh had been released from jail just a day earlier.
Benham was airlifted to University Hospital in Cincinnati. The 48-year-old died from the injury two weeks later April 17.
McIntosh, meanwhile, had fled to Florida. He was arrested there last week and brought back to Ripley County May 4.
McIntosh, 34, faces charges of Voluntary Manslaughter (Class A Felony) and Aggravated Battery (Class B Felony). The two charges carry a combined possibility of 26 to 70 years in prison.
The Ripley County Sheriff’s website says Jeremiah McIntosh is being held in jail on $25,050 bond.