Charges mount in alleged ambush

Left: Marion Gwen McCullers; Right: An image of Kyle Rhodes, posted on a GoFundMe page launched after the reported attack. Rhodes is hoping to raise money to make ends meet while he recovers. Image courtesy, GoFundMe

A Marion woman charged in the assault of her ex-boyfriend now faces a new charge after allegedly burning evidence and providing false information to deputies, authorities said Tuesday.

Lt. Chris Taylor of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Marion Gwen McCullers, 28, address listed as Arbutus Drive in Marion, with obstructing justice.

McCullers and another suspect, 21-year-old Brian Austin Hollifield, address also listed as Arbutus Drive, faced previous charges of assault inflicting serious bodily injury after 23-year-old Kyle Rhodes of Marion, listed as McCullers’ ex-boyfriend, was brought to their house, jumped and assaulted early Sunday morning, July 14, authorities said in a news release.

As the investigation into the assault progressed Sunday and Monday, investigators learned that McCullers had burned evidence relating to the crime and provided false statements to law enforcement, they said.

Additional arrests are pending.

McCuller’s total bond is now set at $45,000.

In the meantime, Rhodes has started a GoFundMe page to help make ends meet while he recovers.

On the page, Rhodes describes the event and physical toll taken on his body since the attack, saying, “I was brutally attacked by 4 men, they beat me with a bat and strangled me till I was out, drug me to the road and left me for dead. I have 9 stitches on my forehead, 5 on my nose, multiple face fractures, my nasal cavity is shattered and my nose is broken. But because of this selfish act, I’m no longer able to work at the moment. So any help from you guys would be very much appreciated.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the page has raised $825 of its $5,000 goal. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/2SjXhlL.

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