Lorenzo Fortenberry

FLORENCE — A Florence man has been indicted on a charge of attempted murder in connection with an altercation that left a man hospitalized for several weeks and still is suffering with serious injuries, police said.

Lorenzo Fortenberry, 34, was arrested Friday on the grand jury indictment, Florence police Sgt. Greg Cobb said.

Fortenberry is in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond, Cobb said.

The sergeant said an incident occurred Dec. 6 on North Seminary Street in which Fortenberry and another man began arguing. The argument escalated into an exchange of punches.

"Mr. Fortenberry knocked the victim to the ground and started kicking him until he was unconscious," Cobb said. "After the assault, Mr. Fortenberry left the scene before officers arrived. The victim was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital for treatment."

Authorities did not name the victim, but said he was in intensive care at Huntsville Hospital for several weeks. He has since been released from the hospital.

Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said the victim was in critical condition for some time and still has serious injuries.

"The victim and defendant were acquaintances and the defendant beat him and then kicked him in the head repeatedly while he was down and almost killed him," Connolly said. "He was on life support and was not expected to make it for some time."

The victim, who is 34, currently is in an assisted living facility, officials said.

bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5739. Twitter @TD_BDelinski

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