Caldwell man charged in baseball bat attack

CALDWELL -- A Caldwell man is behind bars after police say he admitted to hitting another man several times with a baseball bat.

Shadow James Stagner, 51, faces a felony charge of aggravated battery in connection to the Sunday night incident.

Caldwell Police officers who responded to a report of a disturbance at a Caldwell home say Stagner told them he and the victim, who is a relative, had been arguing via text message earlier in the evening.

Stagner said the victim came over to his house and called to him to come outside. According to court documents, Stagner said he hit him in the head with the baseball bat after the other man grabbed his arm.

Stagner said the victim yelled "you hit me with the bat!" and he replied "yeah, and I'll do it again," and struck him a second time with the bat, according to court documents.

The victim told police he and Stagner were arguing outside when the suspect grabbed a bat from the pickup and hit him in the head, elbow and arm. Investigators say the man was bleeding from the head and told them he felt dizzy. He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Two of the victim's friend who were at the home also reported seeing Stagner grab the  bat out of the pickup and hit the other man repeatedly. Police found the weapon underneath a couch inside the home.

Officers noted Stagner appeared "very intoxicated" and had trouble walking and standing up without falling over. When asked how much he had had to drink that night, he replied "quite a bit," according to court documents.

He was placed under arrest and transported to the Canyon County Jail, where he remains on a $15,000 bond.

If convicted of aggravated battery, Stagner could face up to 15 years in prison. He's due in court Oct. 14 for a preliminary hearing.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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