The 19-year-old was released after posting bond for felony battery charges. Hud Mellencamp is a student and football player at Duke University in North Carolina.
Hud Mellencamp and his 18-year-old brother Speck Mellencamp of Bloomington, Indiana, face charges of battery resulting in serious bodily injury from the assault in July. Charges were filed last Thursday. A Class C felony, the charge carries a possible jail term of two to eight years and a $10,000 fine.
A friend of the two brothers, Ty Smith, 19, of Bloomington, also was charged with felony battery for his part in the fight. The son of Indiana University baseball coach, Tracy Smith, Ty Smith is an IU football team freshman walk-on.
Speck Mellencamp and Smith turned themselves in last week and were released on bond.
According to police reports, the victim, 19-year-old Alexander Bucy, was sitting on the front porch of his Bloomington home on July 29 when the three walked up. Speck Mellencamp is accused of punching Bucy in the face because he thought Bucy had hit him earlier that evening at a party.
Hud Mellencamp and Ty Smith allegedly then joined in and the three punched, kicked and stomped Bucy. The beating was stopped when three roommates inside the house heard the noise and pulled the three men off Bucy. Witnesses said the three alleged assailants then ran from the scene.
Bucy required stitches for facial injuries and cuts. A police affidavit says Bucy was referred to a plastic surgeon.
Hud and Speck Mellencamp are the sons of John Mellencamp and his third wife, Elaine Irwin. The couple divorced in 2011 after 19 years of marriage. Hud Mellencamp is a trained boxer who has won Indiana Golden Gloves titles.
Sporting a black eye on a June appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, John Mellencamp told the talk show host that his son Speck had punched him. Noting that Speck Mellencamp is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs almost 200 pounds, Mellencamp said., “My son and I had words, and he got in a punch and I didn’t.”
Mellencamp then added, “My son punches me, and my dad calls me and says, ‘John, you need to change your attitude.’”
Mellencamp and writer Stephen King were on the show to promote their collaboration on a new musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” Based on a supposedly true story that Mellencamp had heard, the play is about a pair of brothers, a girl and some supernatural happenings.