Wednesday’s preliminary hearing for Damarintae S. Fischer, who is charged with severely burning another man with boiling water, was postponed after additional charges were filed against Fischer and two more suspects were arrested in the case over the weekend.
Fischer, 23, of Danville was initially charged with first-degree assault for allegedly dumping scalding water on Mdre Whitehead on Oct. 10 in an altercation over a stolen gaming console at a Sixth Street residence.
As the investigation continued, additional charges of kidnapping and robbery were placed against Fischer.
Public defender Kieran Comer, who represents Fischer, told Boyle District Judge Jeff Dotson on Wednesday that he wasn’t prepared to go forward with the preliminary hearing because he hadn’t had time to look into the new charges. Dotson agreed to reschedule the hearing for Oct. 30.
Police also have charged Fischer’s mother, Latoria C. Fischer, 38, and Tiffany R. Jackson, 26, with assault, robbery and kidnapping in the case. All three defendants have pleaded not guilty and will appear together at next Wednesday’s preliminary hearing. All three remain in the Boyle County Detention Center today under $300,000 bonds.
Police said that Whitehead, 20, tried to leave the Sixth Street residence but was physically restrained by the three suspects before being scalded.
He suffered severe burns to his face and upper torso, and was taken to a Lexington hospital for treatment after the incident. He has since been released from the hospital, but faces a long recovery, police said.