A second arrest has been made in the April 30 beating of a Salem man at the Moose Lodge east of Salem.
Fulton County Deputies arrested Rachel L. Higginbotham, 21, of Horseshoe Bend May 18. Higginbotham and her boyfriend, Jacob D. Acord, 26, of Glencoe face battery charges stemming from an April 30 attack on Rick Roberts in the Moose Lodge parking lot.
Witnesses said Acord and Higginbotham had gotten into a confrontation with another couple. Roberts stepped in and asked Acord and Higginbotham to leave the lodge.
Instead of going home, Higginbotham and Acord parked at White's Tire Barn a short distance down the highway and walked back to the lodge and hid in the bushes, authorities said.
According to authorities, Higginbotham and Acord waited for Roberts to get into his vehicle. As he began backing out, they came out of the bushes and dragged him out of his truck and proceeded to beat him.
Holloway said witnesses observed Acord standing over an unconscious Roberts. The witnesses told authorities they watched Acord and Higginbotham flee on foot, leaving Roberts unconscious, not breathing. Holloway said a female patron of the lodge gave Roberts CPR. Another patron followed Acord and Higginbotham as they fled on foot.
Horseshoe Bend Police arrested Higginbotham May 18. Fulton County Deputy Scott Holloway picked her up and took her to the Fulton County Jail. Acord was arrested the day following the incident at the Moose Lodge.
Higginbotham is charged with second degree battery, a class D felony. Higginbotham met a $5,000 bond and was released May 18. Higginbotham and Acord will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court at the Fulton County Courthouse on June 12 for pre-trial.
Acord is also charged with second degree battery. Acord posted bond of $10,000 and was released.