Man Severely Beaten, Life-Flighted to Pensacola Hospital

An Air Heart helicopter transports a Walton County man to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola after being savagely beaten outside a residence in the Laurel Hill area.

At around six o’clock Sunday night, a Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy met with 40-year-old William Gautney and his 19-year-old son Joshua Gautney.

The Gautneys’ went to the residence of Warren Simpson on North Highway 33. Simpson says he along with his friend, 36-year-old John Matthew Mount, and 41-year-old Tammy Poston were watching television, when someone started beating the door so hard that it knocked part of the window out of the frame. A short time later Simpson and Mount walked outside when they were attacked by the two suspects.

Simpson said that Mount fell to the ground and the younger Gautney was on top of him and continuously punched him. Simpson then heard what sounded like meat being tenderized and looked back to see Joshua Gautney pounding Mount with his fist and feet. Simpson was able to get Joshua off Mount, and the two suspects then left the scene. Due to severe bleeding from his head, Mount was Air Flighted for medical treatment and evaluation. He is reportedly in stable condition.

The father and son are “behind bars” at the Walton County Jail, and are each charged with one-count of Aggravated Battery causing great bodily harm. Joshua also faces a charge of Criminal Mischief of causing over two-hundred dollars in damage to the house. His bond is $5,250 and William Gautney’s bond is $5,000.


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