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Judge denies request to reduce bond in Falls Lake beating

Posted September 8, 2010

— A Wake County judge denied a request Wednesday to reduce bond for a man accused of beating up a fisherman at Falls Lake.

Jesse Cole Shuping, 28, of 7900 N. Nevada Drive, was charged Aug. 17 with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He is being held in the Wake County jail under a $100,000 bond.

Kue Tai, 63, of Raleigh, told Wake County deputies that he was attacked near the intersection of New Light Road and Ghoston Road on Aug. 13.

Shuping’s attorney, Nick Saparilas, told District Judge Anne Salisbury on Wednesday that his client spent six years with the military, including one in Afghanistan, and was honorably discharged.

"I don't believe I heard that there was a deadly weapon involved. That would greatly reduce the bond," Saparilas said. "That's what I think the judge should have done. She didn't do that. That's her call."

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Lindow said Shuping's hands and feet were deadly weapons, based on his military background.

As a result of the attack, Tai lost vision in his left eye, Lindow said.

"According to the victim, the defendant said repeatedly he was going to kill him, and he was beaten severely about the head," Lindow said.

Family wants answers after Falls Lake attack Family wants answers after Falls Lake attack

Investigators said Shuping is nearly 50 pounds heavier and a half-foot taller than Tai.

Lindow said Shuping was on probation in Virginia at the time of the attack. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Tai's family members attended Wednesday's hearing on his behalf. They said Tai had to literally crawl to the road to get help after the attack.

"This was a brutal attack that resulted in severe injuries. It's going to take a long time for him to recover fully. Some of these injuries are permanent," said Jason Lee, who is engaged to Tai's daughter.

Lee said family members just want to know the reason for the attack. "He wasn't doing anything to provoke any sort of incident, and it came out of the blue," he said.

Tai is a full-time cook at a Chinese restaurant, but his physical injuries have kept him out of work, Lee said.


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  • xiebode Sep 10, 2010

    This crime was a vicious, unprovoked attack committed by a much younger and stronger assailant against a completely innocent man who was simply out fishing. No robbery or altercation was involved. The offender attacked a defenseless old man, who is much smaller than him in size. The offender was in the military so he has been trained to kill as was every soldier who completed basic training. As a veteran of the US military, I believe that criminals such as this animal who violate the fundamental oath that they take to defend the citizens of this country should not be able to use their experience in the military to mitigate their crimes in any way, especially if they commit violent crimes against the citizens they are to protect. He caused permanent, irreparable damage and injuries, said that he was going to kill Mr. Tai as he was doing it, and left Mr. Tai to die. It would be a murder case if Mr. Tai would not been able to crawl for help afterwards. Minimum life without parole.

  • wildcat Sep 9, 2010

    crime should be the death penalty. Seriously!

    As always, life in prison without parole.

  • ral_nc_resident Sep 9, 2010

    Given the severity of the attack and repeated threats to kill Mr. Tai, it appears that Shuping intended to commit murder. According to abc11 he is a felon on probation- he should be given the maximum sentence possible for his crime. A man is now permanently disabled from this attack!!!

  • seansuperdad Sep 9, 2010

    Strike that. After doing my own research, I understand. Intent was the issue here.

  • seansuperdad Sep 9, 2010

    So, because I was in the Infantry, if I get into a fight it is a "Deadly Assault?" What it Mr. Tai had used deadly force to stop this attack? I was always told that hands and feet where a "simple assault" and that it could turn in to a deadly assault. The reporting here is full of holes. From a readers point, I would need more details to understand why the 100,000 bond was needed.

  • kmcginnis13 Sep 9, 2010

    How could a judge not give this guy the death penalty? For all the attacker knew, he left Tai to die! Murder. That would cause more reaction from the press and the court, but bc he was 'just' beaten to cause permanent damage, it's not taken that seriously. What's the difference? An innocent man was beaten and left to die. This deserves the worst kind of punishment.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 9, 2010

    I this punishment for this type of crime should be the death penalty. Seriously!

  • colliedave Sep 8, 2010

    Would WRAL be so kind as to do some journalism and report those details? kilquian

    expecting them to do some investigative journalism is akin to expecting the sun to come up in the west

  • shortcake53 Sep 8, 2010

    kitcatfisher, please give his family my regards and well wishes. I am so sorry this happened to them. I too, hope the punishment is severe.

  • kitcatfisher Sep 8, 2010

    I know Mr Tai. He is a good man and I work with his wife. She is a wonderful woman who now has to care for her husband because of this attack. Mr Tai is 63 years old and has worked hard all his life. All he was doing was enjoying his day off from work. I hope that this kid gets the book thrown at him and it hits him hard. This family did not deserve any of this.