Lawsuit Filed Over Melee At Local Cable Park

A lawsuit was filed Friday over a Memorial Day weekend melee at a local cable park that left two men seriously hurt and led to the arrest of the park’s owner and two local men, one a former Baylor football player.

BSR Cable Park (File)

WACO (August 29, 2014) A lawsuit was filed Friday over a Memorial Day weekend melee at the popular BSR Cable Park outside of Waco that left two men seriously hurt and led to the arrest of the park’s owner and two local men, one a former Baylor football player.

The suit filed on behalf of Toby McCarver and Randy Murphy seeks unspecified damages from Parsons Barefoot Ski Ranch LLC, which owns the cable park on Old Mexia Road.

The park’s owner Stuart Edward Parsons, Jr., 42, was charged with aggravated assault/serious bodily injury in connection with the attack.

Ryan Ray Kyle, 25, and Jacob Vaughn Kyle, 19, both of Mart, were also charged with aggravated assault/serious bodily injury.

Jacob Kyle was listed as a redshirt freshman offensive lineman on the Baylor University football roster this summer, but his name does not appear on the team's current roster.

All three remain free on $100,000 bonds.

McCarver, 44, and Murphy were with several other people who had rented cabins at the park over the holiday weekend.

At around 10:15 p.m. on May 24, the group was in an area of the park that has a slide, which the visitors were using, when Parsons and a female arrived, according to an arrest warrant affidavit said.

The affidavit says, “Parsons was ‘very angry’ and began to scream and to use profanities...asking who from BSR was with them.”

Parsons ended up “in a verbal exchange using profanities” with McCarver, but the two were separated and McCarver and his party returned to their cabins, the affidavit said.

A short time later, however, Parsons and three other men including Ryan and Jacob Kyle, drove up to the cabins in an all-terrain vehicle, the affidavit said.

“Parsons immediately rushed towards McCarver, indicating to the other males that McCarver was the one in the ‘blue shirt,’” and then “all three individuals began to assault McCarver,” whom they struck with their hands and feet, the affidavit said.

A second park visitor, identified in the affidavit as Murphy, was attacked when he and other members of McCarver’s party tried to intervene, the affidavit said.

McCarver suffered a broken jaw, a nasal bone fracture and a chest wall contusion and Murphy had a displaced collar bone, a lacerated ear that required 15 stitches, and a human bite on his hand that became infected, the affidavit said.

McCarver told investigators he has known Parsons for several years, but said “Parsons was intoxicated to the point of not recognizing him,” the affidavit said.

The lawsuit was filed by Waco’s Zimmerman Law Firm.

Lawyer Mike Zimmerman declined to comment on the suit because the case is now in litigation.


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