Just two days after Kentucky State Police say he hit a man over the head with a hatchet, Daniel Carter, made his first court appearance in Bourbon County this afternoon.
Carter is charged with assault, fleeing from police and resisting arrest. After he's accused of attacking, Chris Mitchell, 39, with a hatchet outside a home on Townsend Valley Road in rural Bourbon County late Tuesday night.
Without representation, an automatic not guilty plea was entered on Carter's behalf. In a jailhouse interview with WKYT, Carter claimed self-defense.
"I picked up the hatchet and I told him, you come near me, I'm gonna hit you. I said that three or four times," said Daniel Carter.
Mitchell, died Wednesday night at UK Hospital from the blow. His wife Rosemary Mitchell told WKYT her husband went to confront Carter about some stolen property.
"By the time i got down the hill all I seen was Daniel swing the hatchet at my husband and my husband hit the ground," she said.
Back at the property Thursday, Carter's roommate, Christopher Morgan, told WKYT he witnessed the whole thing, and backed up his story.
"Chris Mitchell attacked Daniel first. He had no choice but to defend himself," Morgan explained.
This isn't the first time Carter has been charged with a serious crime. In 2002, at just 15, he was acquitted of murder after jurors found he acted in self defense when he stabbed his uncle to death in Pensacola, Florida.
State police have said it will be up to the Commonwealth's Attorney now, on whether the charges will be upgraded to murder.