Man accused of biting another man in the face admits guilt during his initial hearing

David Butche

David Butche

A rural Solsberry man accused of biting another man in the face was arrested on October 4. When he appeared in court for his initial hearing last week, he didn’t waste any time bringing his case to a close. He told the judge he was guilty and he was sentenced the next morning.

David Aaron Butche, 27, of Solsberry, was arrested on Thursday, October 4, by Greene County Sheriff’s Det. Shawn Cullison, then was scheduled to appear in his initial hearing last Tuesday, October 9.

During the hearing, Butche was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor, and he told the judge he intended to plead guilty. Another hearing to sentence Butche was scheduled for the following morning.

During the hearing on Wednesday, October 11, Butche was convicted and sentenced to serve 180 days in the Greene County Jail, plus he was fined $35 plus court costs. Butche was given credit for seven days already served at that time and he’ll get good time credit for those seven days. Butche is now expected to be released from jail in January, if he gets good time credit for his days left to serve.

Background

The charge stems from an incident that occurred back in late July in the Wilderness Church area of rural Solsberry.

Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Zachary Goad and Det. Shawn Cullison responded after dispatch received a report around 9:18 p.m. on Friday, July 27, that Butche had bitten another man who was a family member.

Deputy Goad said when they arrived, he talked to the injured man who told them that during a conversation with Butche, who was upset, Butche put his arm around him then bit him three or four times. He said he kept trying to push him back but was bitten again before he was able to get away.

Deputy Goad reported the man had lacerations on his face as well as a bruise, and the injury was in the shape of a bite mark.

Other officers arrived on the scene and began looking for Butche who had walked away.

Goad said Butche was found on the front porch of a nearby residence, lying unconscious and unresponsive on concrete.

Butche was transported by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington due to his condition.

An Indiana State Police trooper transported the alleged victim to IU Health Bloomington for treatment of facial injuries.

Following Goad’s investigation, a criminal case was filed against Butche and a summons was issued on August 2 ordering Butche to appear in Greene Superior Court on September 10 for an initial hearing. Butche was a no-show and a warrant was issued.

Butche was then arrested on Thursday, October 4 by Det. Cullison, booked in to the Greene County Jail at 6:19 p.m. His bond was set at $5,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed, but he did not post bond.