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Ocklawaha man admits to hitting man twice in the head with baseball bat

Keith Edward Daley

An Ocklawaha man is in the Marion County Jail after admitting to slugging a man twice with a baseball bat and pulling a knife on him.

Keith Edward Daley, 57, of SW 65th Street Road, was charged with aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and aggravated domestic battery with a with a deadly weapon after the incident, which happened Nov. 24 at his home.

The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy he has been staying at the residence with his mother and Daley for about three months. He said he accidentally slammed the door and Daley became upset, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said Daley picked up a purple baseball bat and hit him once in the jaw and then once on the left side of his face. He said he fell to the ground before his mother came outside and got between him and Daley. The victim said he tried to approach Daley again, and Daley pulled out a pocketknife, reached over the victim’s mother and tried to stab him, the report said.

The deputy observed a bat on the ground and saw the victim’s face was clearly red and swollen, which was consistent with his account. The victim’s mother said she walked out of the residence and saw the victim on the ground, and when he got back up, Daley tried to stab him with a pocketknife, according to the report.

Daley said the victim came home and was mouthing off, and that he had enough of it and decided to hit him in the face twice with a baseball bat. He initially denied pulling the knife on the victim, but he later said he did pull it out to defend himself. He later said he pulled the knife out but never opened it, the report said.

Daley is being held on $15,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 23.

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