A press release from the Woodstock Police Department:
Aggravated Battery Arrest
On Friday evening, July 7th, 2017 at 11:50 pm, patrol officers from the Woodstock Police Department responded to the Best Western Woodstock Inn, located at 990 Lake Ave. Woodstock, in reference to a fight involving numerous individuals.
Upon the arrival of patrol officers, they located a large crowd of people in the parking lot, who were in a heightened agitated state.
A 27-year-old victim, a Glendale Heights resident, was located with a laceration to his neck.
Members from the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District arrived on the scene to provide emergency medical care.
The victim was subsequently flown by helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville to be treated for his life threatening injury.
After an initial investigation, it was learned that a wedding took place in Harvard and numerous guests from that event were shuttled to the Best Western Woodstock Inn upon the conclusion of the reception in Harvard.
Prior to the conclusion of the wedding reception, a verbal argument took place which continued once the guests arrived at the hotel.
A physical confrontation also took place with multiple individuals involved.
After interviewing numerous witnesses, it was learned that during the assault, [male white] 31-year-old Elgin resident Jeffrey D. Kerley, used a broken beer bottle and intentionally lunged at and struck the victim causing a deep laceration into the upper chest / lower neck area of the victim.
Kerley was placed under arrest and transported to the Woodstock Police Department.
After conferring with the McHenry County State Attorney’s Office, Kerley was charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, a Class 3 felony.
Kerley was transported to the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility, where he was released from custody on Saturday, July 8th, 2017 after posting the required bond of $20,000, which was set by a McHenry County Judge.
As of Monday morning, the 27-year-old victim remains in the hospital.
The public is reminded that an arrest is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.