Martial artist pleads not guilty in brawl

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staff, Gazette
Friday, September 7, 2012

— An amateur mixed-martial artist has pleaded not guilty to charges he punched and kicked five Janesville Police Department officers and one of the department's German shepherds.

James R. Warfield, 34, of Green Bay is charged with battery to a police officer, resisting, harassment of a police animal and criminal property damage. He was arrested after a June 9 fight outside McDonald's, 1622 Milton Ave., Janesville.

Police arrived after a restaurant manager called 911 and said Warfield threw a large rock through a window, according to the criminal complaint filed in Rock County Court. Warfield punched one officer hard enough that the officer needed 11 stitches in his lip. Warfield broke contact with a Taser and dodged three other Taser shots, according to the complaint.

The fifth Taser shot, deployed by the fifth officer to arrive on the scene, dropped Warfield as he was walking away from the restaurant.

Warfield was ordered to have a psychiatric evaluation and has been found competent to stand trial. His next court appearance has not been scheduled.

Last updated: 4:41 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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