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Jul 4, 2012 12:00 PM

Man Accused Of Attacking Neighbor With Hatchet Tells His Side Of Story

A man accused of attacking his neighbor with a hatchet says he regrets his actions.

The incident happened in Bourbon County outside a home along Townsend Valley Road, north of Paris.

Chris Mitchell's wife says she and her husband let Daniel Carter, 25, stay in a camper trailer on their property. She says the altercation started when Mitchell confronted Carter, suspecting he stole something from their home. She says Carter pointed a shotgun at her husband and then attacked with the hatchet about an hour later. Mitchell's wife says his entire forehead was split open by the hatchet.

Mitchell was flown to UK Hospital and was listed in critical condition at last check.

Carter spoke with LEX 18 reporter Adam Yosim at the Bourbon County Jail. With a large gash visible on his forehead, Carter says he doesn't remember how it got there, but he does remember running from the police. He says he took off because he was scared. Carter claims he didn't want to provoke a fight, and Mitchell attacked him first.

"I wish I hadn't hit him in the head. I wish I had hit him in the legs or something, but you don't have time to think when you have a grown man coming at you," he said.

Police charged Carter with assault, fleeing from police and resisting arrest.

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