A man who had been facing two charges related to the stabbing of a teenage girl in Nixa is now facing multiple charges.
Joe Allan Dutton, 41, had been facing two counts of third-degree assault from the incident last weekend. Prosecutors announced Thursday additional charges: felony resisting arrest, armed criminal action, first-degree assault, and three additional counts of third-degree assault.
Court documents state that prosecutors believe Dutton pulled the victim of Saturday’s stabbing from a vehicle, and then while a fight took place between the victim and another juvenile girl, Dutton held a gun on witnesses.
Witnesses say that Dutton struck someone with the gun, and got into a fight with another man.
If convicted on the first-degree assault charge, Dutton could face life in prison.
The victim has been released from an area hospital but she and her family have not been able to return home because someone shot at the house.
The girl accused in the stabbing is undergoing a court-ordered mental health evaluation.