County man charged with murder

A 56-year-old Jackson County man faces a murder charge in connection with an incident Wednesday night southeast of Dudleytown that left his girlfriend’s son dead, police report.

Detective Tom Barker with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday police have yet to determine the motive in the incident that led to the death of 35-year-old Dustin L. Robbins from a shotgun wound to the abdomen.

Darrell Edward Stanton of Crothersville was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 12:20 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Barker, who is leading the investigation, said police still are trying to determine what led to Robbins’ death at the mobile home Stanton shared with Robbins’ mother at 8049 E. County Road 400S and hope to know more after talking to potential witnesses, including Robbins’ wife and mother.

The incident began when Stanton arrived at the mobile home and found Robbins and his wife there visiting Robbins’ mother, police said.

Witnesses told police Stanton approached Robbins and threatened him and his wife with a shotgun, police said.

Robbins was shot once during an ensuing struggle, police said. The shotgun was recovered by police.

Robbins was treated by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services and taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, where he died from his injuries.

Stanton sustained a head injury in that fight and was treated and taken to Schneck by ambulance personnel before being released and taken to the jail, Barker said. Stanton was being held without bond awaiting his initial hearing.

Barker also said he is working on the details of Robbins’ autopsy, which could be conducted here by a pathologist from elsewhere or at the Kentucky State Medical Examiners office in Louisville.

Officers responding to the report of two men with gunshot wounds at 6:59 p.m. Wednesday were told en route that at least one person had sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

When they arrived, officers found an injured man, later identified as Robbins, outside the home and Stanton inside the home.

Barker said he was not aware of any recent calls to the sheriff’s department to the mobile home, but that doesn’t mean there hadn’t been any.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.