BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — A Canadian man has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a man who was left in a coma after being beaten during a Kid Rock concert in western New York earlier this summer.
Local media outlets report that 34-year-old Craig Lawson of Ontario entered his plea Wednesday in Genesee County Court.
Authorities say Lawson punched Jason McNeil of Tuscaloosa, Ala., during the July 5 concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in the town of Darien, 25 miles east of Buffalo. Police say the attack was unprovoked.
McNeil was in a coma at a Buffalo hospital for two weeks after the beating. He remains hospitalized. McNeil is a native of Alden, near Buffalo.
Lawson was released after posting $10,000 bail.
A fundraiser was started for McNeil, his wife and two daughters. Kid Rock donated $5,000.