Third suspect arrested in Elmore Co. Deputy board beating case - Montgomery Alabama news.


Third suspect arrested in Elmore Co. Deputy board beating case

Deputy Chris Kearley Deputy Chris Kearley
Lance Knighton Lance Knighton
Derek Holley Derek Holley
Michael Uding Michael Uding

Posted By: Alisha Clark
Updated by: John Shryock - bio | email

PRATTVILLE, AL. (WSFA) - A third suspect is under arrest after an Elmore County Sheriff's Deputy was beaten over the weekend.

Derek Wayne Holley, 26, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force just before 10pm Tuesday at a motel in Montgomery. Holley joins two other suspects who have already been arrested for the crime. Michael Wade Uding, 27, of Deatsville and Lance Christopher Knighton, 26, of Ramer were arrested for assault in the First Degree around 3pm Sunday in Deatsville.

Deputy Chris Kearley was taken to the intensive care unit over the weekend after being assaulted with a wooden board outside of a Prattville night club.

Kearley's family members say the deputy had to undergo extensive brain surgery after being attacked outside of the Blue Iguana in Prattville.

The Elmore County Sheriff's Department Monday said Deputy Kearley was off duty when he went to the aid of security personnel at the lounge. While responding, someone struck the officer in the back of the head with the board.

Each of the suspects is being held in the Autauga Metro Jail under a $30,000.00 bond.

Relatives say the deputy is improving, but he has a long way to go. Police continue to actively investigation the crime.

PHOTOS SOURCE: Prattville Police Department

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