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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cottondale Man Severely Beaten in Driveway

He remains in "Serious" condition at Southeast General Hospital
By Sid Riley
On Monday evening or early Tuesday morning a Cottondale resident was badly beaten while sitting in his automobile in the driveway of his home. Residents in the area contacted the Cottondale Police around 1:00 AM Tuesday morning, complaining about the noise being created from a repeatedly honking horn.
When the police responded they found Al Delk, age 77 sitting alone in his car in a badly beaten state and barely conscious. He had managed to honk his horn in an effort to summon help, but the officers are not sure how long he had been in the vehicle. Delk was immediately taken to Southeast General Hospital in Dothan, where he remains in serious condition. He was unable to communicate with the police at the scene, but it is hoped he will soon be able to assist in identification of his assailant.
Delk served a full career in the military, and is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. His wife died earlier this year.
Last week another elderly man was similarly beaten and robbed on a road east of Graceville.
At the present time there is no certainty of a connection between these two similar incidents.

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