Holton man arrested in connection with fight
now claims self-defense
Wanda English Burnett
A fight with no definite reason given, has landed one man back
in jail and left another dead.
According to information from a Probable Cause Affidavit filed
in Ripley County Circuit Court on May 4 the incident occurred
just a month earlier on April 3 on Benham Road near Versailles.
The main players are Jeremiah J. McIntosh, 34, of Holton, who
is now charged with the death of Jeffrey E. Benham, 48, of Versailles.
At the scene of the fight, deputies from the Ripley County Sheriffs
Office, Deputy Rob Bradley and Lt. Randy Holt, responded. They
saw Benham lying on the ground with a head injury they would later
learn came from being hit by a ball bat swung by McIntosh.
At one place in the affidavit it noted that Jason McIntosh, brother
of Jeremiah McIntosh, told police Benham showed up at his residence
(Jasons) with at least 40 people the day of the fight. Basically,
he told police his brother was defending himself against Benham.
Benham was airlifted to University Hospital, Cincinnati, on April
3 where he stayed until he died on April 17. The emergency room
doctor told police Benham sustained extensive injury to his head,
which in turn had a major detrimental impact on his brain and
A pathologist at University Hospital declared the cause of death
blunt force trauma.
After the fight, McIntosh fled to St. Cloud, Florida. He was arrested
there on May 4 and transported back to Ripley County by Ripley
County Sheriffs Detective Abe Hildebrand and Ripley County
Prosecutors investigator Kurt Enneking.
In the Probable Cause there were a lot of people telling first
one story and then another as the scene went from one of a fight
to one of someone losing their life.
A lady who was at the residence of Jason McIntosh told police
that Jeremiah jumped in her car and laid down. This
was just after the altercation with the bat had occurred. She
said she drove away because she wanted to get out of there
quickly because she had her children with her. During the
ride to another friends house, she told police Jeremiah
said, I threw my life away...I think I killed him...Im
going back to jail.
McIntosh had just been released from jail the day before the altercation
had taken place. He told police on May 4 that he ran to Florida
because he was scared. He also told authorities that Benham had
a stick in his hand when he came up the driveway. He said Benham
swung at him first, and then when he hit Benham, he (Benham) dropped.
He said he only hit Benham one time.
McIntosh has now been formally charged with Voluntary Manslaughter,
a Class A felony and Aggravated Battery, a Class B felony. He
is incarcerated in the Ripley County Jail where bond has been
set for $250,000.