Assault Case Against Performer Delayed
A felony assault case against the leader of a “violent” rock ‘n’ roll band who admires Charles Manson and John Gacy was adjourned Wednesday so that medical records can be obtained for a woman who police claim he burned her.
Kevin M. Allin, 33, who says he has beaten himself senseless with microphones, broken his bones and been hospitalized a dozen times while performing with his group “The Disappointments,” appeared before 15th District Judge Pieter G.V. Thomassen for a preliminary examination on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
The charges stem from an incident in an apartment on North Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor last May where a 25-year-old local woman was beaten and received leg burns so severe that she spent 12 days in the University of Michigan Hospital Burn Center.
Investigators say the assault occurred at the time Allin and his band were in Ann Arbor to perform at the U-M’s East Quad dormitory, where witnesses say he stripped, kicked a woman spectator in the stomach and hit a male student with a chair.
He is charged with two misdemeanors – indecent exposure and assault and battery – as a result of that incident.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Assistant Public Defender R. William Schooley told Thomassen that the medical records of the 25-year-old woman are essential to Allin’s defense.
Assistant Prosecutor Larry Burguess did not object, and Thomassen delayed the examination until November 1.
During an earlier stay at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in York Township, Allin was found mentally competent to stand trial to the charges against him.
He is in the Washtenaw County Jail on a $10,000 bond. A letter signed by Allin recently appeared in a national rock ‘n’ roll magazine in which the entertainer told of being held in jail and needing money for bail.
In the letter, Allin said he is willing to sell for bond money a painting done by John Wayne Gacy, the Illinois factory worker now on Death Row for the kidnapping and murder of 33 young boys with whom he had homosexual relations. Allin says he has visited Gacy and says the convicted killer is a “father figure” to him.
Allin was arrested by Secret Service agents in southern Illinois in September after he had made efforts to contact John Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate President Regan in 1981.
William B. Treml