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Second man arrested in soldier's Broadway attack

A second suspect was arrested by Columbus Police Monday in the Nov. 24 nighttime attack on U.S. Army Capt. Michael Joseph Kelly on Broadway in downtown Columbus.

Jeremy Scott Mathis, 25, of Eastanollee in north Georgia, turned himself in to police and was charged with aggravated assault, said Lt. Lynn Joiner. He is being held in the Muscogee County Jail and is scheduled to appear in Columbus Recorder's Court Thursday at 2 p.m.

The Army captain was kicked and stomped after he and a friend left a downtown bar and passed a crowd gathered on Broadway as they were walking to a car, police said. Kelly received a broken forearm and a broken jaw in the 3:30 a.m. fight that required surgery at Martin Army Community Hospital.

"He was arrested about noon," said Joiner. "We had his name a long time. We couldn't show him as participating in the fight. We recently received statements from two people putting two others in the fight."

He said the case is still under investigation and that police believe a third person was involved in the beating.

Police in early December arrested Jason Yul Denton, 27, of 5412 Grove Ave., who is out on bond and also faces a felony aggravated assault charge.

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