LOWELL -- When Dracut police arrived at the Avenue Pub on Friday night, they found a victim on his knees, his face covered with blood, with Scott Senior in front and Richard Ferbert behind him, according to prosecutors.
Police say there was blood on the floor and overturned chairs, the remains of a barroom fight.
In Lowell District Court on Tuesday, Ferbert, 48, and roommate Senior, 32, both of 71 4th St., Apt. 2, Lowell, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Prosecutor Christina Lucci alleges the bartender told police Ferbert and the victim were at the bar. Senior walked over and there was a verbal confrontation.
Senior allegedly shoved the victim. A bar patron alleges Senior struck the victim in the head with a beer bottle. Ferbert allegedly shoved the victim and the fight was on. But defense attorney Thomas Mixon argued that Senior was a victim in the fight. Mixon said Senior was chatting with the victim and petting his dog, which he brought into the bar when Ferbert hit the victim with a stick.
Mixon said Senior was trying to get Ferbert out of the bar when he was punched in the face and knocked out. He denies Senior struck the victim with a beer bottle.
"My client was trying to defuse the situation,'' Mixon said.
Defense attorney Audrey Marinelli, who represents Ferbert, said her client alleges he was hit on the back of the head.
She argued "several people were involved,
Judge Barbara Pearson ordered Senior and Ferbert each held on $500 cash bail with conditions that they stay away and have no contact with the victim, stay away from the bar, and consume no alcohol or drugs.
A pretrial conference is scheduled for Nov. 9
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