Tribune-Courier General Manager
The man who brutally attacked, stabbed and robbed Donnie “Bird Dog” Duke in his home last week is no stranger to law enforcement in Marshall County.
In July a Marshall County grand jury had indicted John Brumbalough, 29, for unlawful distribution of meth, precursor, first offense for purchasing pseudoephedrine and providing it to someone for the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Those felony charges are pending in Marshall County Circuit Court.
He had also been charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument on Aug. 4. In Oct. 2013 he was found guilty of criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Duke told police he knew Brumbalough and even considered him a friend. So when Brumbalough knocked on his door saying he was having car trouble the morning of Aug. 19, Duke didn’t hesitate to let him inside.
Once Brumbalough was inside, however, things quickly turned ugly. Brumbalough had knocked on Duke’s door not to seek help with car trouble, but rather to rob the 76-year old man. When he resisted, Duke was brutally attacked and stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife.
After Brumbalough left the home, Duke was able to phone his brother, who then contacted police.
Just a few hours after the incident police arrested Brumbalough and charged him with first degree assault, first degree robbery, first degree burglary and tampering with evidence.
Police say Brumbalough attempted to discard clothes that he was wearing and the weapon in a creek behind Duke’s home on East 14th Street.
Benton police chief Tracy Watwood said a description of Brumbalough’s car was obtained through one of several surveillance cameras across the city. Both the Benton Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office were on the lookout for the car and were able to pull him over inside Benton city limits later that morning.
Brumbalough pleaded not guilty to charges in Marshall County District Court last week.
He is lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center on a $150,000 cash bond and is set to appear in court again on Aug. 27.