Decatur man found guilty of beating younger brother

A Cass County jury has unanimously convicted a 21-year-old man of domestic violence.

David Stockdale of Decatur punched, pummeled and pulled a knife on his 16-year-old brother back in August. Photographic evidence at the trial revealed the teen suffered injuries to his face, back, neck and arm.

Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz said, "this case was not a mere sibling squabble. It was a disturbing attack by a grown man on a teen."

The victim testified during the trial that Stockdale became enraged at him for wanting to lend some video games to their oldest brother. He said Stockdale grabbed him by the leg and yanked it. Then, reared back and punched him in the jaw.

The victim told jurors Stockdale then wrestled him to the couch, held him there and punched him repeatedly. Stockdale finished the attack by pulling a knife and threatening to kill his brother.

Stockdale also threatened to kill the police if the victim called for help. But he didn't listen and instead grabbed his cell phone and ran out of the house. The teen testified he called his oldest brother in hysterics and then dialed 911 immediately after.

The 911 recording, which was played for the jury, depicted the fearful and crying victim detailing Stockdale's attack against him. Police responded quickly and just in time to stop Stockdale and his mother from leaving the scene.

Stockdale was sentenced to 6 months probation and mandatory anger management counseling.


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