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Hearing on ‘Ms. Liberty’ assault case continued

29 April 2016 News

FRONT ROYAL, Va. – A General District Court hearing on felony charges stemming from a March 15 physical altercation between two men, including the Liberty Tax Service street advertiser, was continued on Tuesday (April 26).

The continuation was requested due to the absence of the victim, Mason Cullers, who was scheduled to testify for the prosecution. A “Show Cause” was issued to compel Cullers to appear at the Preliminary Hearing, now scheduled for May 24th at 2 P.M.

26-year-old Kevin Avery, who was soliciting tax-season business in front of the Royal Plaza Shopping Center dressed as the Statue of Liberty at the time of the incident, is facing felony charges of Malicious Wounding and Use of a Caustic Substance to Inflict Bodily Injury for his role in the altercation. The warrant states that Avery maced and inflicted multiple laceration wounds with a box cutter on Cullers.

Sources familiar with the case indicate the dispute grew out of an extended social media conflict the two men were having, that involved a mutual female acquaintance.

Submitted by Roger Bianchini

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