Victim of brutal beating wonders why suspect hasn't been charged


by Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 5:47 PM

HOUSTON—A man says he was beaten outside of the Cactus Lounge in Willis near Lake Conroe.

It happened on Aug. 10. Surveillance cameras captured what happened inside the building, but not what happened outside.

Matthew McElligott said he was signing a copy of his bar tab when it all began.  Surveillance video shows him talking to a man right before the incident.

“As far as what he said, I don’t know what the conversation was about. I remember him grabbing me by the throat, and dragging me out the door. Once he grabbed me out the door, that’s the last thing I remember,” said McElligott.

McElligott and his attorney John Shoate said photos taken in the hospital later show how ugly things got outside of the bar.

“He kicked me in the chin. And I was out again.  He cut above my eye,” McElligott said. “My eye was swelled shut for three or four days. Then, as he kicked me in the face, he busted my chin open, required several stitches, concussion, cracked some ribs.”

He said he is still in a lot of pain, and has trouble sleeping.

“If you look at the video, this man weighs over a hundred pounds more than Matthew did,” said John Schoate, his attorney.

The suspect’s name hasn’t been released because he hasn’t been charged yet. But according to court records, he spent time behind bars for about two years for a violent past and terroristic threats.

“I don’t understand how you can have so much anger that you can drag someone out of the bar and beat them half to death,” McElligott said.

He attorney said he plans on filing a lawsuit in the next month or so.