‘He Would've Killed Me': Alabama Mayor Describes Vicious Assault

An Alabama mayor said Sunday he was violently beaten with a sawed-off baseball bat outside his part-time barbershop job by his former radio talk show co-host, NBC News reported.

Larry Barton, who is about to run for his fifth term as mayor of Talladega, told NBC News from his hospital room that the attacker repeatedly hit him in his face, legs, and knees before he was able to grab the bat.

Barton recognized the man once he was able to pull his hood off of his face.

"If I hadn't been successful getting him off of me, he would've killed me," Barton said. 

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