2016-12-21 / Front Page

Man charged with malicious assault from Sunday fight


Clarence Nester, Jr. Clarence Nester, Jr. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Berkeley Springs man who they say severely beat a local resident, sending his victim to the hospital with multiple facial fractures.

Clarence G. Nester Jr., 25, was charged on Sunday, December 18 with malicious assault after police were called to an apartment in southern Morgan County for an assault in progress.

DFC Josh Lebo and DFC Dennis Jenkins responded to the residence in the 12,000 block of Valley Road in the early hours of Sunday morning and found a large quantity of blood on the kitchen floor there. In a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, officers described Nester as having a large amount of blood on the legs of his jeans, as well.

Officers were dispatched to the residence in response to a 911 call from a person in an apartment next door. The caller said the male victim had been “beat up really bad” and sought their help. The neighbors allegedly told police that Nester continued to yell at and threaten the victim, even while witnesses were helping to bandage up the victim.

Nester allegedly told police he had “no idea” what happened.

According to police, the victim described being punched multiple times in the face, even after he fell to the ground. Nester allegedly left the apartment the two men shared to go get help. One of the neighbors told police that the accused thought he had killed the victim.

Witnesses told police Nester had been in jail for violating his probation on a previous criminal charge, and the victim may have been the one who turned him in for that violation.

In January, Nester was convicted in Morgan County Magistrate Court of domestic battery, a misdemeanor. In April 2015, Nester was convicted of DUI, second offense.

According to police, the victim was transported to War Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. There, hospital staff told DFC Jenkins the man had suffered multiple facial fractures, a broken orbital bone and could suffer the loss of his right eye.

Nester is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing in the case is set in Magistrate Court for December 27.

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