IU baseball coach releases statement on son’s arrest in Mellencamp battery case

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MONROE COUNTY – Indiana University baseball coach Tracy Smith released a statement regarding his son’s arrest in a battery case involving John Mellencamp’s sons.

Ty Smith, an IU football player and Smith’s son, is charged with battery, as are 18-year-old Speck and 19-year-old Hud Mellencamp, the sons of rocker John Mellencamp. Smith’s father asked people not to jump to conclusions regarding the case.

The three are accused of being involved in a July incident that seriously injured 19-year-old Alexander Bucy. Prosecutors filed formal charges in the case last week. According to court documents, the three attacked Bucy, punching, stomping and kicking him.

Speck Mellencamp told police that he’d been punched during a party at a home in the 1400 block of North Lincoln Street; Bloomington police said no one reported the claim to authorities.

The statement from Tracy Smith reads:

“We want to make a statement regarding our son’s alleged involvement in an incident that has been reported by the local, state, and national media. We do not want our silence in this matter to be interpreted as an admission of his guilt, nor do we feel the need at this point to make a public profession of his innocence. We simply ask that people do not rush to judgment based on what they may have read, seen or heard. Instead, please wait until all facts of the case have been gathered, presented, and ultimately decided upon by our system of justice. We have confidence in the legal system and we have confidence in our son. Thank you.”

Smith and the Mellencamp brothers are due back in court on Oct. 17.