Attempted murder, other charges filed against New Salisbury man
A New Salisbury man was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery after a fight at his residence Tuesday evening, Oct 25.
According to an Affidavit for Probable Cause compiled by Detective Nick Smith of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., Jason C. Roberts, 41, allegedly severely beat Sean Ray Dukes, 40, of Marengo, in the face and head with his fist and the handle from a floor jack after Dukes allegedly insulted him and urinated on his carpeted living room floor.
At about 8:01 p.m. on Oct. 25, Harrison County dispatch received a call from Clifton Roberts, Jason’s father, who reported a disturbance at a trailer he owns located at 7370 Corydon-Junction Road. He told dispatch there was a possible fight inside the residence and an individual needed an ambulance.
Officer Josh Cole with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. responded and entered the home to find an unconscious Dukes lying on the living room floor covered in blood with severe blunt-force trauma to his head.
Dukes was transported to University Hospital in Louisville and was placed on life support due to injuries to his brain.
In a Miranda audio video, Roberts admitted to beating Dukes, leaving him inside the trailer and throwing the jack handle in a nearby pond.
The jack handle was subsequently recovered by police.
Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk filed the level 1 felony attempted murder Oct. 28 with the superior court. A court document filed states that Roberts created ‘a substantial risk of death to Sean Dukes and/or permanent disfigurement.’
Dukes is being held in the Harrison County Jail on a $250,000 full cash bond. A pretrial conference was set for Jan. 18 at 9 a.m.