The victim of a Hartselle-area assault is in Huntsville Hospital in a coma, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect – Austin David Ray Wiley, 27, of Altoona – was charged with aggravated assault and booked in the Morgan County Jail with a $75,000 bond.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputy sheriffs responded to a call in the 50 block of Terry Road in unincorporated Hartselle on Oct. 9. They found a victim bleeding from his head. He was conscious, but not responsive.
He had multiple skull fractures with possible brain damage, a broken jaw and a partially torn off ear, according to a news release. He was treated on scene and taken to Huntsville Hospital, where he remains in a coma.
The office said the victim was mowing his yard when Wiley arrived. A verbal argument then led to a fight, with Wiley stomping on the victim’s head several times, the sheriff's office said.
Wiley could face more charges if the victim’s status changes, according to the sheriff’s office.