MIDDLETON — The president of the Danvers Fish and Game Club has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault and battery stemming from an alleged confrontation with another club member last year.
Scott Murray, 56, of Peabody, was arraigned on the misdemeanor charge on May 1 in Salem District Court after appearing in response to a summons. He's scheduled to be back in court on June 18.
The complaint was issued by a clerk magistrate after the alleged victim, 78-year-old Kennes Bakoian, told the court that Murray had grabbed and shoved him during an argument on Feb. 17, 2018, at the club in Middleton.
Bakoian, in a statement filed with the court, said he was elected to the position of "Trout Pond Chairman" but that Murray had tried to remove him.
Bakoian said he asked Murray for a check to stock the trout pond, as well as a key to the trout shack, but that Murray refused. Bakoian said he then tried to walk away when Murray grabbed him by the arm. Bakoian said he was then pulled toward Murray and grabbed by the shoulders. He said he turned around, and Murray gave him "a double push from behind."
Bakoian said in his statement that he has several witnesses to the incident, which he reported to the club's Board of Directors. Bakoian said after he made the complaint, the Board of Directors filed a grievance against him and banned him from the club.
Bakoian went to court to file the complaint. A clerk magistrate found probable cause to issue the complaint following a hearing in March.
Judge Carol-Ann Fraser ordered Murray to stay away from Bakoian and have no contact with him while the case is pending.
Murray's attorney, Lisa Core, did not return a phone message and email asking for comment on the case.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.