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Sources: Athlete questioned in Whitewater beating case


WHITEWATER (WKOW) -- Sources with knowledge of an investigation into the beating of the son of a state senator tell 27 News a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student has been questioned about the attack.

Sources say the 22-year-old senior was questioned about the circumstances of the October 19 violence against Sean Kedzie, the son of Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn).

Sources say the student was interrogated, but not taken into custody. The sources spoke to 27 News on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information on the investigation.

Whitewater Police Chief Lisa Otterbacher has acknowledged to 27 News an investigation into the attack continues, but declines further comment. Lt. Tim Gray says leads in the case have been followed up, and interviews conducted, but declines to identify anyone police have spoken to.

Sean Kedzie tells 27 News he discovered someone removing a Romney-Ryan political yard sign from his Whitewater yard, demanded its return, and then was attacked by two people as the sign was returned.

Kedzie says he was choked and punched several times, before a neighbor's intervention prompted the attackers to run away. Kedzie tells 27 News his attackers were yelling profanities about Romney as they beat him.

A photograph of Sean Kedzie's injuries released by his father shows bruising and swelling of Kedzie's eyes and face, and days later, Kedzie's eyes are still blood shot, with bruising still visible.

"I consider myself very, very lucky," Kedzie tells 27 News. "It was bad, but it could have been so much worse."

Kedzie says he has been shown a photograph of the student who was questioned, and says he believes it was the man who took his yard sign and participated in the attack. "I'm pretty darn confident about it," says Kedzie.

Online court records show the questioned student-athlete was cited and fined for disorderly conduct and underage drinking in 2008, and for possession of drug paraphernalia in 2009.

The student's Facebook page lists his political views as "liberal."

27 News is not identifying the student at this time because he's not been arrested, nor criminally charged. The student has not responded to requests from 27 News for comment.

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