Defense asks for May transfer hearing in battery case

A 17-year-old boy charged as an adult in a battery case is asking for a May juvenile transfer hearing.

Kane Millsaps of Conway was charged as an adult with felony first-degree battery and misdemeanor possession of an instrument of crime after authorities became aware of a video posted to YouTube showing Millsaps hitting an unsuspecting 12-year-old boy while wearing brass knuckles.

His defense attorney, Frank Shaw, filed a motion requesting a transfer hearing Feb. 23. On Friday, he filed a motion to continue the case.

Shaw is asking the court to put a hold on Millspas jury trial and reset a transfer hearing for May 3, the day his scheduled two-day trial is set to begin.

“The parties agree that the Defendant’s transfer hearing should be continued to May 3, 2017, and the jury trial be continued to a later date,” the motion reads.

Millsaps could be sentenced up to 30 years in prison, if convicted.

He faces five to 20 years on the battery charge. He also faces an additional 10 years from an enhancement charge because of the victim’s age.

According to Arkansas law, first-degree battery charges also apply to a person who “knowingly, without legal justification, causes serious physical injury to a person he or she knows to be twelve (12) years of age or younger.”

Millsaps is currently being held without bond in the county jail. He is set to appear next in Faulkner County Circuit Court for an omnibus hearing — a hearing set to determine the admissibility of evidence — at 9 a.m. March 31.

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