Trial dates assigned to Indianapolis men accused of attack PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 00:00

Two Indianapolis men were transported in mid-November by authorities to Scott County to attend initial hearings on criminal charges filed against them this past October.

Sebastian or Sabastain Carter, 23, and Steven G. Tam, 40, were sought by law enforcement agencies in the Indianapolis area after charges were filed by the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office.

Detective Matthew Busick with the Indiana State Police post at Sellersburg served as lead officer in the case’s investigation, which began with an attack against an Austin businessman, Layton Sebastian, on July 21. The Indianapolis pair is charged with aggravated battery, battery resulting in serious bodily injury and battery with a deadly weapon. The Level 3 felony cases are now pending, with Carter’s trial set January 29 and Tam’s on February 20.

Both defendants are being held at the Scott County Security Center in lieu of $100,000 cash only bails.

Carter and Tam are alleged to have entered Sebastian’s shop at Fourth Street and State Road 256 West (West Main Street) late in the afternoon of July 21 and beaten the elderly man after he refused to give them money. He was found several hours later by his son. Examination by medical personnel indicated that Sebastian had suffered broken ribs and injuries to his head, back and torso. Sebastian has been recovering from the incident since.

In recent court action, Tam filed a motion on November 28 to withdraw an earlier demand for a fast and speedy trial on his charges.

Carter’s pre-trial conference had been scheduled for December 19 but was recently reset for December 21.