Dylan D. Carter

Franklin County detectives are still preparing their case against the suspect accused of severely beating a man last week in an altercation at a home north of Stanton.

Another man was wounded in the back when a small caliber rifle was discharged during the altercation Wednesday, Oct. 16, authorities said.

Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks said Monday that he still is waiting to review all reports from the sheriff’s office before considering possible charges against additional suspects.

Dylan D. Carter, 33, Robertsville, is charged with one count each of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and tampering with a witness in a felony prosecution. He remains in the county jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

County detectives expect to apply for charges against at least two other people in the investigation.

Deputies first learned of the incident about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 16 when Missouri Baptist Hospital emergency room personnel reported that a man was being treated for a gunshot wound.

The victim, Donald Petzold, 41, St. Clair, had been shot once in the back. Doctors at the Sullivan hospital stabilized him and he later was flown by air ambulance to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for further treatment, the sheriff said.

Petzold initially said he was shot while walking along Lollar Branch Road.

Detectives later learned that Petzold had gone with Carter to the home to confront Dallon Ausbrooks, 26, Bourbon, over a prior dispute. The altercation ensued in which several shots were fired, one of them striking Petzold, Sheriff Gary Toelke said this week.

Investigators believe that Ausbrooks was struck in the head and face with a flashlight during the fight. He sustained severe head trauma and was taken later to Missouri Baptist Hospital at Sullivan, then transferred to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

An earlier press release from the sheriff’s office stated that Ausbrooks had been struck with the butt end of a rifle.

Detective Lt. Chuck Subke said that a fourth man, who was not identified, also was involved in the altercation but was not seriously injured.

Toelke said all of the men are known to law enforcement.

Pending Cases

Carter is free on bond in several pending felony cases in Franklin and Crawford counties, according to online court records.

Carter is scheduled to stand trial Dec. 4 in Franklin County Circuit Court on charges of drug trafficking, possession of methamphetamine precursor drugs, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest by fleeing, creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death.

Charges pending against Carter in Crawford County include three counts of distribution, delivery or manufacturing a controlled substance and two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance.

Prior Cases

In 2008, Carter was given concurrent two-year prison sentences after pleading guilty to three counts of felony forgery.

A judge ordered those sentences to be served concurrent with a four-year prison term Carter received after pleading guilty to stealing a vehicle in 2006, according to online records.

Sheriff Toelke said when Carter was arrested he was wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet which was a condition of bond set in one of the pending felony cases.