Jury Convicts Flint Man in Violent Assault of Unconscious Man
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced that a jury returned a guilty verdict last week in the 2013 assault of a 25-year-old Grand Blanc man outside a Flint strip club.
Twenty-one year-old Cody Allan Tucker of Flint was convicted of Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder after he violently attacked the unconscious victim on October 5, 2013 in the parking lot of Deja Vu on Dort Highway.
According to a news release from the prosecutor's office, just prior to Tucker's assault, the victim had also been struck by co-defendant Robert Yates, 23, of Burton. Yates and the victim had attended high school together and ran into each other outside the club. Yates apparently was still upset over an old prank the victim had pulled on him and posted online. Yates asked the victim to go outside and once there yelled at the victim and then punched him in the face knocking him unconscious. Tucker, who was friends with Yates, began beating the unconscious victim by stomping on his face and kicking him in the head. Tucker also ran at the victim and kicked him in the head. Another co-defendant, Jeremy Ranger, 21 of Flint, also kicked the victim one time.
The entire incident was captured on parking lot surveillance video from the club and was shown to the jury. Both Yates and Ranger entered plea agreements in return for their testimony against Tucker. Yates plead guilty to Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm less than Murder and Ranger plead guilty to Aggravated Assault.
Leyton said "the video of this beating was very disturbing and difficult to watch. It is incomprehensible for me to understand how anybody could inflict such devastation on another human being who is lying there helpless."
The victim was unconscious for six days following the assault and is still recovering from his numerous injuries. Tucker is scheduled to be sentenced on April 28th.