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Reckless homicide charge in baseball bat attack


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Mount Horeb man was charged with first degree reckless homicide Monday in connection with a fatal, baseball bat attack.

A Dane County court commissioner continued bail for 18-year-old Koalton Peterson at $1 million dollars.

A criminal complaint states the attack's victim, 20-year old Ryan Smith, had been trying to buy marijuana from Peterson. According to the complaint, witnesses said Smith became angry over the failure to finalize a drug deal with Peterson, and used a text message to threaten to beat up Peterson.

The complaint states late in the evening of Nov. 26, Smith and Peterson met outside a Mount Horeb home where Peterson was staying.

According to the complaint, Peterson told investigators Smith punched him, and he blacked out, and did not remember what he did with the baseball bat, although he conceded he could have hit Smith one or two times with the bat.

The complaint states a physician determined Smith died as a result of injuries to the head and skull, as well as injuries from trauma to the sternum and injuries to the heart and lungs.

According to the criminal complaint, Peterson's friend Jordan Slack spoke to Peterson after the attack. "Slack said the defendant was 'freaking out.'

Authorities say a baseball bat was found at the edge of woods near the scene of the attack. Authorities say the bat matched the description of a baseball bat missing from the garage of the Slack home, where Peterson was staying.

This remains an open investigation and detectives continue to compile evidence. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Dane county tip line at 608-284-6900.

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