Terry Lee Bixby Jr.

Terry Lee Bixby Jr.

ELWOOD — An Alexandria man remains in custody at the Madison County Jail on a $20,000 full cash bond after reports that he stabbed a man and cut off a portion of his ear at the Elwood American Legion on Sunday.

The fight started after one man accused the other of staring at him, according to court records.

Terry Lee Bixby Jr., 41, of Alexandria was charged Monday with Level 3 felony aggravated battery when the assault poses a substantial risk of death.

Seven people provided statements to authorities about the bar fight, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police responded to a report of someone being stabbed at the American Legion post, 220 Main St., at 12:36 a.m. Sunday. An officer found Joey Stull covered with blood, according to the affidavit.

Matthew Roll, an Army veteran, was applying pressure to Stull’s wounds to stop the bleeding, according to the affidavit.

Stull was taken to St. Vincent Mercy Hospital and later transported to Ascension St. Vincent at 86th Street in Indianapolis, where he was treated for a laceration on his head, a partially severed ear and a stab wound on his left shoulder, according to the affidavit.

According to police, Stull said he was sitting at a table when Bixby yelled to stop staring at him.

Stull said he tried to tell Bixby several times that he was not staring at him, but Bixby began to yell at Stull, and they both stood up, according to the affidavit.

Stull told police that at some point in the fight, Bixby cut him with a knife.

All seven witnesses, including Bixby’s aunt, girlfriend and two people sitting at Bixby’s table, corroborated Stull’s account of the events, according to the affidavit. Ashley Goolsby showed officers a video taken inside the bar showing the fight.

Stephanie Ice, who told police she is Bixby’s girlfriend, said she went to the bathroom and when she came out Bixby and Stull were arguing near the dance floor, according to the affidavit. Ice said she saw that Bixby “stuck” Stull with a knife, police said. She also told an officer that Bixby told her not to talk to police, the affidavit stated.

Ice, however, contacted The Herald Bulletin on Friday to dispute the account of her comments as reported by police in the affidavit.

“I seen the whole thing, and Terry never threw a punch,” Ice said. “He got thrown to the ground and punched. I never told them (police) that he stuck the guy. The only thing I told them was that Terry told me not to talk to police until he got to talk to an attorney.”

Bixby was located in Alexandria and taken to the Elwood Police Department for questioning, police said. Bixby still had blood on his clothes and face when he was taken into custody, according to police. Bixby told officers he wanted to talk with a lawyer before he would talk with them, the affidavit said.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with Ice’s comments.

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