A 35-year-old Gene Autry man accused of shooting his brother following a verbal exchange says he wants a preliminary hearing in the case charging him with assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
Dustin Cook, accompanied by his attorney James Gilmartin, made the announcement during a conference in front of Special District Judge Carson Brooks Thursday. The judge scheduled the hearing for 9 a.m., June 14.
Cook is currently free on the $40,000 bond he posted Feb. 26, the day after he made an initial appearance in district court on the charge. Cook is accused of shooting his older brother, Conrad, Feb. 19. Carter County deputies launched an investigation after being alerted by local emergency room personnel the 38-year-old Cook had been injured by a shotgun blast to his right thigh and was being airlifted to an Oklahoma City medical facility. CCSD reports indicate Sgt. Randal Williams went to Dustin Cook’s Saybrook Road residence and found the victim’s pickup parked in the driveway, as well as a large pool of blood near the truck, a shotgun shell, sawed off shotgun with pistol grips and a taser. But the younger brother was not at home and an immediate search for him was unsuccessful.
Cook was located the next day, denying he had intentionally shot his brother and calling the incident an accident.
But CCSD reports indicated the elder brother told a different story during an interview from his hospital bed in OU Medical Center’s trauma wing. While Conrad confirmed his brother drove him to the Ardmore hospital following the shooting, he said his brother intentionally shot him after accusing him of leaving a voice message on his phone.
Cook remains free on bond pending the outcome of the case. However, the bond carries the stipulation he is to have no contact with his older brother.