Suspect in Forest Co. Beating Asks to Change Plea

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

One of four people charged with beating and leaving a 40-year-old man in the woods to die in Forest County is asking to change his plea.

Monday, during a pretrial conference 21-year-old Justin Bey asked to withdrawal his not guilty plea in exchange for a not guilty by mental disease or defect plea. The judge ruled in favor of the motions. Bey is expected to undergo a competency examination.

If convicted in Wisconsin of an NGI plea, in lieu of criminal sentence or probation, the defendant will be committed to the custody of the department of health services and will be placed in an appropriate institution unless the court determines that the defendant would not pose a danger to himself or herself or to others if released under conditions ordered by the court.

Bey along with Raymond Jones, 45; April Jones, 38, and Samantha McClellan, 18; are charged with attempted first degree reckless homicide, false imprisonment and causing mental harm to a child.

According to the criminal complaint, two people were riding ATVs northeast of Crandon near Bug Lake on March 12 when they thought they saw a suitcase on the trail. As they got closer they saw a man laying on the trail covered in blood. The men told investigators they thought the man was dead, but as they checked on him he started speaking.

The men loaded the man on the back of their ATV and transported him to a nearby business to call 911.

According to medical personal at a Marshfield hospital, the man suffered multiple fractures to his head and face, a broken jaw, and two broken ribs. They also said the man was suffering serious frost bite all over his body.

Raymond Jones and Justin Bey remain in custody on $100,000 cash bonds. April Jones is behind bars on a $1,000 cash bond. Sam McClellan is free after posting $25,000 cash bond.

A judge has already determined there is enough evidence for the cases to head to trial.

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