Prosecutor files assault charges against Nixa, Mo. man at scene of stabbing involving two juveniles
NIXA, Mo. (KY3) - Christian County prosecutors filed charges against a man believed to be at the scene of a stabbing involving two juveniles in Nixa.
Prosecutors charged Joe Allan Dutton, 41, with two counts of third-degree assault.
The incident happened Saturday night. The stabbing victim, 16, suffered critical injuries. She is hospitalized in stable condition.
Investigators say multiple people, whose ages are unclear, showed up at Dutton’s house on East Country Ridge Street in Nixa around 10:30 p.m. Saturday because of an expected fight.
Investigators say one witness told police she arrived and waited outside the house with the victim, and Joe Dutton came out of the house with a gun, along with his daughter, with initials JD. Multiple witnesses told police they saw Dutton pull the victim out of a car and then point the gun at witnesses while the fight happened. One witness said they saw a knife fall out of the juvenile JD’s hand.
“I’m just devastated. Words can’t explain it,” says Kelly Allen, who says her son and granddaughter are the suspects in the case.
“It’s not like them,” Allen says. “I’ve heard of what they supposedly did to other people. I’ve raised my son in church. I’ve raised my grandkids in church, and it’s not the character of my granddaughter, nor my son. This is a shock to the whole family. All I can do is pray.”
Allen’s teenage granddaughter appeared virtually before a Christian county judge Tuesday afternoon, and could be heard sobbing during the hearing. The judge ordered a mental evaluation for JD and ordered no contact with her father.
“In my opinion about this whole thing is, I think the only way they probably did something was they felt threatened, and they had to stick up for theirself,” Allen says.
Neighbors say this isn’t the first time emergency responders have visited Dutton’s home, and court records show he faces drug charges and driving without a license late last year.
“I just want everybody to know, just to pray for the family on both sides, kids that got hurt and my granddaughter and my son,” says Allen.
Witnesses says Dutton pistol-whipped and pointing the gun at multiple people. Police say he also got into a physical fight with another man.
Officials with the Christian County Juvenile Office say the juvenile girl accused in the stabbing remains in custody.
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