29 Dec 2017
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
A 33-year-old man was arrested in central Garapan early Wednesday morning for choking his girlfriend after an argument over phone messages.
Police are charging Tarell Darnell Murphy with assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.
Tarell’s girlfriend told police that around 5 a.m., she received three photo messages from a co-worker. She and the defendant were in bed at the time.
She said Murphy got mad and accused her of receiving messages from other guys. She showed him the photo messages, but Murphy continued accusing her of seeing and messaging other guys.
She became irritated by Tarell’s accusation and showed him a screen shot of an actual conversation that Murphy initiated with another woman through Facebook.
She said Murphy got mad, stood up, and told her that it was the woman who had initiated the contact and that he was not messaging other women.
According to the complainant, she wanted to prove that he was lying, so she grabbed his phone and tucked it under her stomach while she was on the bed face-down to hide the phone from him.
But she said Murphy jumped on her back and tried to get the phone from her by applying a choke-hold on her.
She said Murphy pulled her head so far backwards that she thought her neck was going to break. She said she shouted for help five times.
She believes that she passed out and that was when Murphy took the phone from her.
Responding police offices said the victim was limping as she walked, had swelling and bruising on her face and scratch marks beneath her neckline.
She told them that Murphy gets aggressive and rowdy whenever he is angry, and that he will punch, slap, shove or pull her, yell at or threaten to physically assault her.
On Thursday the defendant appeared before Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho who imposed a cash bail of $1,250. The defendant was remanded to the custody of Corrections after the hearing.
Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Wilberscheid appeared for the government while Assistant Public Defender Nancy Dominski represented Murphy.
His preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 5, 2018 at 9 a.m., and his arraignment will be held on Jan. 8, 2018 at 9 a.m.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101171-tarell-darnell-murphy-arrested-in-domestic-violence-case