Speck Mellencamp, the 18-year-old younger son of singer John Mellencamp, has turned himself in to face felony battery charges.
The IndyStar said that Speck Mellencamp appeared Friday morning at the Monroe County Jail to post a $5,000 bond in connection with the incident. Another teen involved in the beating, 18-year-old Ty Smith, had already turned himself in and posted a $500 bond on Thursday night.
Speck’s 19-year-old brother Hud still hadn’t surrendered. But he’s expected to report sometime on Saturday.
As I reported yesterday, the charges came as a result of a fracas in the early morning hours of July 29.
Speck Mellencamp said he’d attended a party where he tried to break up a fight between two girls. For some reason, that caused a 19-year-old man to hit him in the face.
Later that night, Ty Smith, Speck Mellencamp, and Hud Mellencamp decided to go to that man’s home to confront him. It’s alleged that when they found him sitting on his porch, they beat him severely enough that he was told to see a plastic surgeon.
There were no arrests at the time. However, the Bloomington Police Department investigated and eventually filed felony battery charges against Smith and both Mellencamp brothers.
It isn’t the first time that the brothers have hit someone in the face. In June, John Mellencamp appeared on Dave Letterman with a black eye. The 61-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tried to laugh it off.
But he admitted that one of his sons had hit him. I have a more indepth article, including the video from Dave Letterman, posted right here.
At least one media report said that Hud, a trained boxer, is the person who struck his father. On Letterman, John didn’t name any names. He simply said that it was his 18-year-old son.
That’s Speck Mellencamp. But fathers aren’t always known for remembering their kids’ exact ages. So it’s unclear which brother actually punched the singer.