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Cedar City man on life support after beating, suspect jailed for attempted murder

Police say 2 knew each other, but cause of attack a mystery.

By Bob Mims

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Oct 10 2013 11:24 am • Last Updated Feb 14 2014 11:35 pm

A 59-year-old Cedar City man remained on life support Thursday, the day after he was allegedly beaten and kicked unconscious on the sidewalk of an apartment complex.

Cedar City police Sgt. Jimmy Roden said that Bryan Mahue Mellor was listed in critical condition at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he was flown Thursday after initial treatment at the Valley View Medical Center.

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Brandon Sappington, 30, was being held without bail Thursday in the Iron County Jail, where he was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, assault on a police officer, interference with arrest and an unrelated misdemeanor traffic warrant.

"Based upon eyewitness testimony, as well as physical evidence, [we] believe Sappington repeatedly kicked and stomped Mellor while he was on the sidewalk. The motive for the assault on Mellor is unknown, but the two were reportedly acquaintances," Roden said.

Police were dispatched to an apartment complex at 468 S. 75 West just after 8 a.m. Wednesday on a 911 call reporting an assault in progress.

Sappington reportedly was outside the complex when officers arrived. The man approached police, and when officers noticed blood on his hand they ordered him to stop.

Instead, Sappington allegedly ignored their commands and officers arrested him, after a brief struggle in which he purportedly attempted to kick and head-butt them.


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