Stabbing charges filed against Franklin man

A Franklin woman has regained some of her eyesight after police say a man she was in a relationship with stabbed her last month.

The man, Brandon K. Hallgarth, 34, has since been charged with aggravated battery and being a habitual offender.

Police were called to the Countryview mobile home community early in the morning on June 25.

Officers found the woman outside, covered in blood, and she told them Hallgarth had stabbed her. She told police he wanted to get up off the couch and she didn’t move and he stabbed her in the eye and cut her throat, according to the police report.

Doctors at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital later found the woman had a broken nose and a serious eye injury, the report said.

She has since regained some vision in her eye, but how much she will get back long-term has not yet been determined, Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said.

Police found a bloody pair of scissors inside the mobile home, along with a large amount of blood. Hallgarth was later stopped by Indiana State Capitol Police in Indianapolis. Officers noticed he had blood on his clothing, and he told them he had nearly killed a woman in Franklin, the report said.

Hallgarth declined to talk with police in Franklin, the report said.

Hallgarth was already on parole for the rest of the year after being released from state prison Jan. 1.

He has served five prison stints for multiple felony convictions in Shelby County since 2001 and multiple parole and probation violations. His convictions include mischief, battery causing injury to a pregnant woman and resisting law enforcement, according to state records.

Hallgarth, 1199 Hospital Road, lot 39, remains in the Johnson County jail on $15,000 bond.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.