Duke walk-on Hud Mellencamp facing battery charges

Aug. 15, 2013 @ 06:12 PM

Hud Mellencamp, a sophomore walk-on cornerback for Duke’s football team, is one of three men wanted on battery charges in connection with an incident in Indiana last month.

Mellencamp, 19, is the oldest son of rocker John Mellencamp. Hud's brother Speck Mellencamp, 18, is also wanted as well as 19-year-old Ty A. Smith, who is a walk-on football player at Indiana and the son of Hoosiers’ baseball coach Tracy Smith.

The Associated Press reported that prosecutors in Monroe County, Ind., on Thursday charged the three with one count each of felony battery resulting in serious injury. The charges stem from a July 29 incident where they allegedly punched and kicked a man during a fight.

The Bloomington, Ind., Police Department said in a statement late Thursday afternoon that investigators were trying to contact the Mellencamp brothers and Smith to make arrangements for them to surrender.

Duke’s football team is practicing this afternoon. Duke spokesman Art Chase said he had no comment and that the school is gathering information.

A probable cause affidavit states that Speck Mellencamp punched 19-year-old Alexander Bucy in the face on the porch of Bucy's Bloomington home because he thought Bucy had hit him earlier that evening at Bucy's house party. Hud Mellencamp and Smith joined in, and the trio allegedly "punched, kicked and stomped" Bucy, the document states.

When Bucy was able to get to his feet, Speck Mellencamp allegedly knocked him backward off the porch onto a sidewalk two to three feet below, where Speck Mellencamp punched Bucy until someone pulled him away. The Mellencamp brothers and Smith then allegedly ran from the scene.

Bucy suffered facial fractures and received stitches at a local hospital, according to the affidavit. It also says Bucy was referred to a plastic surgeon.

Speck Mellencamp told officers he had been at a party at Bucy's home earlier when two girls began fighting over him, and that a white male punched him as he tried to halt the girls' fight. Mellencamp said his assailant ran into the house.

He said he "was very upset about being punched" but soon left and went home, where he, his brother and Smith decided to return.

Hud and Speck Mellencamp are the sons of John Mellencamp — whose hits include "Hurts So Good" and "Pink Houses" — and his third wife, model Elaine Irwin. The couple divorced in 2011 after 19 years of marriage.