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ATTORNEY TARGETS STATEMENTS BY MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT

The attorney for a grocery market manager charged with beating a shoplifting suspect with a bat says he will try to have his client's statements to police suppressed.

Larry Whyte, representing Ferrin Steiger, said Tuesday that police failed to read his client his rights before taking the statements from him following the incident last June.Steiger, 36, pleaded not guilty July 31 to aggravated assault, a third-degree felony carrying a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of $9,250.

On June 5, Steiger allegedly chased Eric Morrissey, 19, several blocks to a dead-end driveway after confronting him in a Smith's store. Steiger is accused of striking Morrissey with an aluminum softball bat and kicking him.

Morrissey suffered broken ribs, police reported.