By Cass Rains Staff Writer

A man was charged Tuesday with misdemeanors that led to his being charged in the May 5 severe beating of Judson Heinlein on Monday.

Ty Ryan Hiatt, 21, of Enid, was charged in Garfield County District Court Tuesday with misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Hiatt had appeared in court Monday to face a felony charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, but the misdemeanor charges had not been filed with the district attorney's office.

Hiatt was charged in a fight that occurred in the parking lot of Krazy K's Place, 415 S. Van Buren, around 1:30 a.m. May 5 that has been under investigation for several months.

Detectives began interviewing witnesses May 5 and received varied versions of the same story, but most included a fight had broken out and Heinlein had been beaten repeatedly while on the ground and possibly while unconscious, the affidavit states.

Police have been told by at least four witnesses Hiatt struck Heinlein on the head with his cast. Other witnesses interviewed corroborated the story of Heinlein being knocked to the ground and being repeatedly kicked and possibly punched.

According to the affidavit, police interviewed Heinlein July 19, and he said he did not remember what happened or know who was responsible for his injuries.

Hiatt was stopped by an Enid police officer early Monday morning for allegedly not wearing his seat belt.

When the officer talked to Hiatt, he could smell alcohol on his breath, and his eyes were bloodshot, according to an affidavit.

The officer used a field sobriety test and reported Hiatt had trouble following the officer's finger with his eyes and was swaying while standing to take the test. Hiatt also had trouble standing on one leg, according to the report.

The officer arrested Hiatt and searched his pockets, finding a plastic bag of marijuana in his pocket, according to an affidavit.

Another officer who search his vehicle found a glass ceramic pipe with a burnt residue inside, according to the affidavit.

Hiatt faces a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment from 10 days to one year for the driving under the influence charge, up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine for the possession of marijuana charge and up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine, or both, on the possession of paraphernalia charge.

Hiatt is facing up to 10 years imprisonment or one year in county jail for the assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge.

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