Casper Man Charged With Severely Beating Girlfriend
A Casper man brutally beat his girlfriend Monday, according to court records.
Russell Wright, 35, was charged in Natrona County Circuit Court on Tuesday with one misdemeanor count of domestic battery, two felony counts of aggravated assault, and one felony count of strangulation of a household member.
Circuit Court Judge Steven Brown set his bond at $50,000. Wright will have a preliminary hearing within a few weeks to determine whether his case will be bound over to district court for trial. If convicted on all counts, he faces up to six months in jail for domestic battery, up to 10 years imprisonment on each of the aggravated assault counts, and up to five years imprisonment for the strangulation count.
The case began Monday afternoon when officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of North Washington Street. Wright himself had left the area on foot, according to a police affidavit filed with Natrona County Circuit Court.
"Detective Nelson observed the bedroom had blood spatter all over the walls and floors of the bedroom. There were broken items scattered on the floor, items tipped over, broken photo frame, bloodied scissors, hammers and a broken white broom stick on the floor with blood on it," according to the affidavit.
Other officers went to the Wyoming Medical Center where they interviewed Wright's girlfriend who had bruises, abrasions, and a cervical collar on her neck.
She told officers she and Wright had been drinking.
She had been been doing laundry when a verbal argument with Wright escalated to physical violence. She tried to leave, they pushed each other, and she was hit in the ankle and fell. Wright began hitting her with what she thought was a metal rod. Wright hit her with a hammer then she blacked out, according to the affidavit.
When she came to, Wright put a knee on her chest, held her down by the throat with one hand and swung a hammer with the other hand. She found a pair of scissors and stabbed Wright in the hand. She was able to walk to a friend's house where her friend called 911, according to the affidavit.
Wright told police she wouldn't quit yelling at him. He fell asleep, woke up, tried to fix breakfast and she then tried to stab him with a pair of scissors. Wright later received treatment for cut wounds on his left hand.
Tuesday, Wright had his left arm bandaged when appeared in circuit court to hear the charges against him, and told Brown that he had acted in self-defense when his girlfriend stabbed him.