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Police say man beat friend with baseball bat over stolen Christmas present

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Leslie Redfern (source: Metro Corrections) Leslie Redfern (source: Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Around 6:00 Sunday night, Louisville Metro Police were called to Portland because of a fight that was happening in the middle of Bank Street.

Police believe Leslie Redfern, also known as Lee, violently beat another man with a baseball bat -- leaving him fighting for his life.

"He's in critical condition. Obviously, if the Homicide Unit picks it up, it's grave enough to where it's life threatening," said Lt. Todd Kessinger, LMPD Homicide.

Redfern was arrested and charged with first degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.

Kessinger said the suspect and victim know each other and that the fight allegedly started over a stolen Christmas present.

"They did know each other. They were actually staying together in the same house," said Kessinger.

Witnesses say the fight started in front of a house on Bank Street and moved across the street.

Police say it was witnesses who broke up the fight.

Family members didn't want to talk on camera but say the situation got out of hand fast.

"A lot of people in the neighborhood are related to each other so we get various accounts of what happened," Kessinger told WDRB.

Neighbors say fights happen often in this neighborhood and that it's usually between family members or people who know each other.

Kessinger says they've been reviewing video from a house nearby.

"We did have video surveillance from the neighborhood that we were able to look at and determine the facts of the case and who the aggressor was," he said.

He says the video shows most of the fight.

"The suspect took the bat and started hitting the victim with it," Kessinger said.

Police say the baseball bat was recovered at the scene.

The victim is in critical condition at University of Louisville Hospital.

If he dies, Redfern's assault charge will be upgraded to murder. He's at metro corrections on a $2,500 bond.

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