Tuesday afternoon, Cumberland County deputies were summoned to an address on Hubert Conley Road, where a man cutting his mother’s lawn drew the ire of his brother. Deputies learned 27-year-old Cody Leon Bayless was upset because his brother supposedly threw grass on his girlfriend’s car.
Bayless then got into his truck, backed up to where his brother was mowing and spun his tires, throwing mud on him.
When the other man got off the mower and grabbed a bar from the back of his truck, Bayless ran back inside.
According to the arrest report, when the mowing man returned to the front of the house, he saw Bayless coming down the stairs with a black-handled revolver in his hand.
The other man left to call authorities; Bayless retreated inside.
When police arrived, Bayless insisted he never had a gun, but a knife that resembled a gun. He confirmed he was upset with his brother because he’d thrown grass on his girlfriend’s car and admitted they got into a verbal altercation. According to the police report, Bayless said he and his brother are “constantly fighting” whenever they are together.
The girlfriend said she saw Bayless enter the bedroom and then leave, but denied seeing him leave with anything in his hand. A gun matching the description Bayless’ brother gave to law enforcement was found in Bayless’ bedroom.
After speaking with other family members, deputies determined Bayless to be the primary aggressor. He was charged with felony aggravated assault and placed under $12,000 bond. He’s due in court May 20. The weapon was seized as evidence.