Mount Eden man pleads not guilty in ‘pistol-whip’

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By Shannon Brock

TAYLORSVILLE-A Mount Eden man accused of shooting at and pistol-whipping his girlfriend last March  has been arraigned in Spencer Circuit Court.

Benjamin W. Mobley, 59, of the 2100 block of Murphy Lane, was indicted in early December 2012 on charges of criminal attempted murder, second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Benjamin Mobley's nephew, Sammy "Frankie" Mobley, 37, of Waddy, also was indicted in early December on a first-degree wanton endangerment charge after he allegedly attempted to run over Benjamin Mobley's girlfriend with his motorcycle during the same incident.

Sammy Mobley was arraigned in late December and entered a not-guilty plea.

Benjamin Mobley also entered a not-guilty plea during his arraignment on Feb. 7.

That same day Sammy Mobley's case was on the docket for a disposition hearing, but because both Mobleys are codefendants in the same case, that hearing was passed to a later date.

Benjamin Mobley and Sammy Mobley are represented by separate attorneys, and a special prosecutor has been assigned to the case. With all of those factors playing a part, disposition hearings in both cases were scheduled for 9 a.m. May 9 in Spencer Circuit Court.

After Benjamin Mobley's arrest, Spencer County Sheriff Donald "Buddy" Stump explained the situation to The Spencer Magnet. Stump said his department was dispatched to the Mount Eden area with reports that a woman had been assaulted and possibly pistol-whipped.

Upon arriving, we learned the perpetrator was Benjamin Mobley, Stump said.

According to accounts from witnesses, Mobley also had fired the weapon in the direction of the victim, whose name is being withheld because of Spencer Magnet policy, which does not disclose the name of domestic violence victims.

The victim declined EMS transport, Stump said.

Mobley was not at his residence following the incident, but the sheriff's department obtained information that he was in Mount Washington, Stump said.

With the assistance of Mount Washington Police and the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department, Stump and deputies from his office shut down Flatlick Road in Mount Washington and surrounded the residence where Mobley was located.

Law enforcement officials did not know whether Mobley possessed a gun at this point, Stump said.

Mobley first declined to come out of the residence, but Stump said he was able to talk him out of the house and take him into custody.

Details later emerged that implicated Sammy Mobley attempted to run over the victim on his motorcycle leading to his arrest and indictment in the case.