Mother: Man beaten into coma with 2x4 was innocent victim

by: Mark Becker Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The mother of a 21-year-old who was beaten so badly that he is in a coma says her son was an innocent victim of what appears to an attack motivated by revenge.

Jason Armstrong has been in intensive care since he was beaten at his home near Harrisburg Tuesday night. The attack came several hours after Armstrong's roommate, David Locklear, had died of an overdose in the home earlier that day, and deputies have charged Locklear's brother, Daniel, with felony assault.

"The family and I believe that Daniel took matters into his own hands, and retaliated against my son, coming back to the house and beating him violently," Patti Wright said Thursday.

Wright and other family members have spent most of the last two days at the Carolina's Medical Center where Jason Armstrong is in critical condition.

Wright said there is no evidence that her son tried to resist as Locklear beat him with a 2 x 4, and she was surprised to learn that a magistrate had allowed Locklear to leave jail without posting bond early Thursday morning.

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"I just don't understand how the magistrate can let someone out like that on a promissory note bond when my son's fighting for his life in a coma," Wright said.

Eyewitness News called the Magistrate's Office but were told that they could not discuss the case.

The Cabarrus County District Attorney told Eyewitness News she could not comment on the case, but that her office had not heard of Locklear's arrest and release until he made his first court appearance Thursday morning.

Patti Wright promises to keep looking for answers, but is now facing a much more critical battle. Doctors have told her that her son may not survive the attack, and there are no easy answers there either.

"I mean I've got to make some tough decisions coming up because he was my son, my only son," she said.

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