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A homeless man is charged with attempted homicide after, police allege, he violently beat another man in West York on Saturday.

Gerald Ray Graham Jr., 35, is accused of beating 57-year-old Lee Naill of West York so severely that Naill suffered disfiguring injuries to his head, face and chest, according to West York Police.

Police allege Graham continued the attack as Naill lay "defenseless on the ground," documents state.

Naill was taken to York Hospital and was in stable condition Sunday morning, police said.

Graham, who is also known as "J.R.," is also charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, according to his charging documents.

Bail was set at $250,000 when he was arraigned at the county's central booking unit Sunday night.

Argument: Officers were sent to the 1200 block of West King Street about 9:35 p.m. and arrived to find Naill surrounded by blood and lying on the sidewalk, according to Graham's charging documents.

Naill was unable to move or speak. He suffered injuries that include a fractured eye socket orbital bone, a broken nose, a collapsed lung and several lost teeth, documents state.

A witness, Jeff Bender, told police that he was walking with Naill, Graham, and a fourth man, Greg Potter, from a bar to a nearby house when Graham attacked Potter, documents state.

Graham allegedly punched Potter, knocking him to the ground. Bender was able to pull Graham off Potter and Bender and Potter left.


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When Bender returned several minutes later, he found the injured Naill on the sidewalk, documents state.

Witness: A woman driving on West King Street saw Naill lying on the sidewalk with a man, later identified as Graham, standing over him, documents state.

When Graham saw the woman, he picked up his belongings and fled on foot, documents state.

But it didn't take long for police to track Graham down. He was arrested by 9:30 a.m. Sunday and taken to central booking for processing.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com. Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.