Kiyon Brown’s Request For Bench Trial Denied
A Casper man accused of breaking a woman’s jaw will have a jury trial.
Twenty-nine-year-old Kiyon Brown’s request to change his trial from jury to bench was denied because he did not have consent from the state to do so.
Brown put in the request for a trial change on concerns of racial profiling and media coverage.
He has pleaded not guilty to one felony charge of assault and battery and one misdemeanor charge of battery.
Investigators say in late February, Brown was ending a relationship with his girlfriend, sparking an argument that resulted in attempts by several of the girlfriend’s family members to intervene.
Brown told police that when one woman jumped him, he started swinging, hitting several people.
One person suffered an open compound fracture of her jaw, while another was hit in the face and was bleeding from the lip.
Brown is being held on $25,000 bond and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
His trial is scheduled for next week.