Jury selection begins for couple accused of beating veteran outside American Legion

Booking photos of William Lodge and Terry Lodge
Booking photos of William Lodge and Terry Lodge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jury selection began Monday for a husband and wife accused of beating a veteran outside an Arlington Legion Post.

William Lodge, 60, is charged with aggravated battery, a second-degree felony, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

Terry Lodge, 55, is charged with third-degree felony battery on a person 65 or older, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.

The Lodges had initially been charged with misdemeanor battery of Charles Hughes, who suffered multiple injuries and was hospitalized.

Video from inside the American Legion Post recorded in the moments before police say Hughes was beaten in the parking lot.

Hughes and others can be seen throwing coasters at the bartender near where the Lodges were sitting.

Hughes gets up to leave after a brief shouting match and William Lodge follows him out the front door.

The surveillance camera outside doesn't show the area of the parking lot where police say the beating occurred.

The arrest report noted that both the Lodges were “highly intoxicated” when they were arrested.