SIOUX CITY | Charges have been dropped against a Sioux City man who was accused of taking part in a beating that left a man with a serious brain injury.

Benjamin Gallaugher, 20, had been charged in Woodbury County District Court with one count of willful injury causing serious injury.

Assistant Woodbury County Attorney James Loomis on Friday filed a motion for dismissal, saying that further investigation was needed in the case. Associate District Judge Todd Hensley approved the dismissal.

Gallaugher had been arrested in connection with the June 22 assault of Bradley Coan, 22, of Waterbury, Nebraska in the 700 block of Riverside Drive. Police have said that eight people kicked and punched Coan and beat him with metal poles resembling those found on a chain-link fence. Coan had to be induced into a coma because of serious brain injuries.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

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