By Scott K. Lindsey, Texas Co. Sheriff
On July 6, 2023, a Texas County deputy was dispatched to contact an assault victim that had walked into the Licking Police Department. The deputy observed obvious injuries to the victim’s head resulting in bleeding. The victim stated he had been assaulted by a family member at a residence on Cadle Road in the Licking area. The victim reported being struck with a flashlight. The deputy traveled to Cadle Road and contacted a suspect, Loren Deerwester. Deerwester was taken into custody and later interviewed. During the interview Deerwester admitted to striking the victim multiple times with a flashlight.
Prosecuting Attorney Parke Stevens charged Loren A. Deerwester, age 32, of Licking, with Domestic Assault 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action. Deerwerter was incarcerated in the Texas County Jail and ordered to be held without bond.
The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.