David Hook, of Austin was formally charged Monday with the murder of 46-year-old Joey Verble, of Sellersburg.
According to Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Hook allegedly beat Verble with a claw hammer several times in the head and then stabbed him multiple times in the neck and chest after a disagreement on August 22 along Mount Eden Road and State Road 39 not far from Little York in Northeastern Washington County.
Washington County Circuit Court Judge Larry Medlock entered a preliminary plea of not guilty and informed Hook that if found guilty he could face between 45 to 65 years, with 55 years being the advisory sentence in prison, along with a $10,000 fine.
Judge Medlock appointed a public defender to represent Hook, but one has not yet been assigned to him.
His trial date has been set for February.