A man is charged with attacking a woman with whom he shared a house after the two spent the evening at an establishment.
Avery Leon Franklin is charged with two counts of felony domestic assault, one alleging he choked the woman. He is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Franklin had a bail hearing in Scott County District Court last Tuesday (Feb. 28). Bail was conditionally set at $5,000 cash/$25,000 bond. The court issued a no-contact order and Franklin was ordered to surrender his firearms. He’s due back in court March 24.
Police were called to the house on the 200 block of South Walnut Street at 12:35 a.m. Feb. 26. According to the criminal complaint, Franklin, 30, and the woman had been out at a bar that night. They had become separated from each other at the bar. The complaint says Franklin called her cell phone yelling at her and then walked home. The woman also walked home from the bar with a neighbor.
When the woman arrived home, she awoke Franklin. The criminal complaint says he attacked her. It says he pushed her up against a bedroom wall and grabbed her hair. When she went downstairs, Franklin followed her. He pushed her up against a wall and again grabbed her hair, the complaint says.
The charges state Franklin pushed her to the kitchen floor and slapped her face. The woman claims he choked her for two seconds. During the struggle, a fingernail was ripped from the ring finger on the woman’s right hand.
When talking with police at a neighbor’s house, the woman complained of pain in her shoulder, left leg and right hand.
Police saw Franklin in the basement of the house. He finally responded to their commands to leave the house. The criminal complaint says police found a pipe containing marijuana residue on his person.
Franklin’s criminal record includes previous fifth-degree domestic assault convictions in July and November of 2013.