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Riverboat co-captain pleads not guilty to assault in Montgomery riverfront brawl

Dameion Pickett, co-captain of a passenger riverboat who was beaten on the dock in Montgomery in August, pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault in the incident.

Pickett appeared in court for the arraignment. He did not speak to reporters when he left the municipal court building.

Municipal Judge Angela Starr scheduled Pickett’s trial for Jan. 30.

That will be after the trials of two men who are charged with assaulting Pickett in the Aug. 5 riverfront brawl.

Zachery Shipman and Allen Todd are scheduled for trial Dec. 8 in Montgomery Municipal Court. Both are also charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

In October, Richard Roberts of Dallas County pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and was given a four-month suspended sentence, with 32 days to serve in jail on weekends, 100 hours of community service, and court costs. Roberts apologized to Pickett in court and to a 16-year-old boy who was a riverboat crew member who Roberts struck when the boy tried to help Pickett.

Mary Todd pleaded guilty to harassment, received a 15-day suspended sentence and was ordered to complete an anger management course.

Reggie Ray, seen in a video striking a man with a folding chair, was charged with disorderly conduct and is scheduled for trial on Dec. 11.

Pickett and Ray are Black. The other men charged in the incident and Mary Todd are white. The 16-year-old-boy Roberts struck is white.

The charge against Pickett is the result of a complaint signed by Shipman on Oct. 26.

In a deposition, Shipman said that he did not want to fight but that Pickett struck him in the face, causing a bruise on his right cheek bone.

The fighting, recorded in multiple cellphone videos, broke out after the Harriott II riverboat, loaded with passengers, approached Montgomery’s riverfront park and encountered a pontoon boat parked where the riverboat docks. The fighting ensued after Pickett and a co-worker moved the pontoon boat after the boat’s operators refused to move it.

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