Stone County man charged after drunken fight at brother’s home

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One brother comes to another’s house, a conversation begins between the two, and then there is a fight — a fight that trashes three rooms of the house and ends with one brother being charged with a felony in Stone County Circuit Court.

Cory Joshua Grinder, 38, came to his brother Chris Grinder’s residence in the Fox area of Stone County, in an apparently drunken state, according to the police report for the affidavit of probable cause for arrest.

Once the fight began, it increased in intensity with Chris Grinder’s wife, Dena, trying to break it up. The report went on to say that at one point in the melee, Cory Grinder threatened to go get his gun and kill Chris.

Dena called two neighbors to come help break up the fight and settle Cory. The two escorted Cory, who, court records say, “…was staggering and kept falling down,” out of the house. Cory Grinder was helped into his truck and as he was leaving, he started spinning out, and rutting Chris and Dena’s yard.

After deputies arrived and gained information for their report, Cory Grinder came back and told them it was just a fight between brothers, adding he and his brother “…do this a lot, and they would be fine by Christmas.” He said he came back to the residence to get his phone.

Like his brother Chris, Cory was beaten, bruised, and bloody, but he refused medical attention, authorities said. Deputies also said Cory told them he was intoxicated and he had a “strong odor of intoxicants believed to be alcohol on his breath.”

Cory Grinder was taken into custody and to jail, where authorities say he became uncooperative with deputies. He is charged in Stone County Circuit Court with felony terroristic threatening, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree domestic battery, disorderly conduct, driving while intoxicated, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Cory Grinder’s bond was set at $10,000.

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