Published January 13, 2015
An armless artist has turned himself in to face a misdemeanor charge in a fight with a man who later died.
Police say William Russell Redfern, who has won recognition for drawings he does with his feet, head-butted and kicked Charles Keith Teer during a Sept. 17 fight over a woman. Teer complained of dizziness and collapsed.
A medical examiner determined last week that Teer likely died of a heart attack.
Police Chief Roy Whitehead said investigators decided against felony charges but felt Redfern should be punished for the fight.
Redfern, who was born with no right arm and a stump below his left shoulder, turned himself in Tuesday on a charge of affray. He was released Wednesday on $1,213 bond, a jail official said.
The misdemeanor charge is likely the only legal action Redfern will face, Whitehead said.
"We reviewed (the case), talked with everyone involved and felt like that was an appropriate charge," he said.
Known by the nickname "Rusty," Redfern made a name for himself in the late 1980s for pen and ink drawings he does using his foot.