Man accused of assaulting MOH recipient says a woman did it, not him
By BILL ESTEP
Published: December 16, 2012
COLUMBIA — The 18-year-old farm worker charged with assaulting Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer claims he never touched the high-profile Marine veteran and puts the blame on an unidentified young woman.
Kanissa'ai Thompson is charged with second-degree assault for allegedly inflicting serious injury on Meyer, 24, during an early-morning fight Dec. 9, but Thompson said he never touched Meyer.
"I never got involved," he told the Lexington Herald-Leader in an interview Friday.
Meyer received medical treatment for the injuries he received at a party held in a Columbia business commonly called the Red Barn.
Alexis Tooley, a friend of Meyer who was at the party, told the Herald-Leader she later saw three staples closing a wound on Meyer's head. She said the party had gotten "crazy," and more than one fight had broken out.
Thompson said Meyer got involved in a scuffle between young women before he was injured.
The newspaper could not independently verify Thompson's account. Thompson said he would call others who could support his story and ask if they would contact the Herald-Leader, but none did.
Meyer said he did not want to discuss details of the incident, but said Thompson's story was false.
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