Marshall man faces assault charge after striking another with baseball bat

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A Marshall man is facing a felony assault charge after reportedly assaulting another man with a baseball bat on Saturday, May 1.

According to unofficial online court documents, Brian Lee Browder, 46, of Marshall, has been charged with second-degree assault. He is currently being held on $50,000 cash only bond.

A probable cause statement filed with the prosecuting attorney’s office states the officer of record received a call at approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday through E-911 regarding an assault no longer in progress. The officer responded to a residence on South Davis Drive and made contact with the alleged victim. The officer requested Saline County Ambulance to respond due to severe injuries.

According to the report, the officer observed the victim was bleeding from the back, left and side of his head, there was swelling on the back side similar in size to a golf ball, and the officer observed a laceration approximately 1-inch long in the center of the swelling. The man also had a bump on his forearm and continuously blinked in an effort to focus his vision. He stated he could not hear.

The officer made contact with Browder at the door of his residence, who handed him an aluminum bat and stated he was defending himself. A witness stated she observed the victim drive by and then confront Browder, but did not see the altercation. She observed Browder walking back from the north side of the house.

At the hospital, the victim reported Browder shouted at him and he approached Browder on foot. He observed Browder to have a bat, and that Browder swung the bat at him. When raising his arm to protect himself, the bat hit his arm. In the process of the altercation, the victim fell to the ground, where Browder reportedly hit the back of his head.

The victim was later transported to a Columbia hospital with a brain bleed.

Unofficial online court documents state Browder had a docket hearing scheduled Wednesday morning, May 5.

Editor’s note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.