Trial Starting for Man Accused of Gouging Nashville Man’s Eyes

Trial Starting for Man Accused of Gouging Nashville Man’s Eyes

PERRY COUNTY — A trial is scheduled to be underway Monday in the Perry County case accusing a 52-year-old with an altercation last April that may have left a Nashville man permanently blind.

Jurors are scheduled to be selected Monday for the trial of Allen Joseph Fisher who was arrested in April 2018 for alleged aggravated battery causing disfigurement and disabling injuries.

According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, 46-year-old Robert Pfister was driving in the western part of Perry County on a Saturday afternoon when Fisher chased him down and blocked his vehicle.

Pfister reportedly got out of his vehicle and the two men began fight, ultimately ending up in a roadside ditch where Fisher allegedly gouged Pfister’s eyes.

Authorities are being told he may lose his eyesight.

Pfister was airlifted from the scene to a St. Louis area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Fisher was later arrested at his home. He’s to be tried this week on charges of Class 1 felony aggravated battery involving great bodily harm or torture, Class 3 aggravated battery involving great bodily harm, and Class 3 felony intimidation.

Fisher has a record of arrests for aggravated battery, domestic battery, and battery to a senior citizen dating back at least 10 years in Southern Illinois.

He recently completed 2-years probation for a charge of misdemeanor battery that had been reduced from a felony charge of aggravated battery to a person over the age of 60.