DECATUR — A Decatur man stood has pleaded not guilty to charges he repeatedly raped and battered his girlfriend of the last four years with whom he shares a child.
Lamont D. Wright, 30, faces two counts of aggravated sexual assault causing bodily harm. He also faces a charge of aggravated domestic battery involving strangulation and aggravated battery using a deadly weapon.
Further charges accuse him of aggravated domestic battery, two counts of committing domestic battery while having prior domestic battery convictions, resisting police and damaging government property.
Wright, represented by public defender David Ellison, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all counts, but told Judge Phoebe Bowers he was waiving a preliminary hearing.
A sworn Decatur police affidavit said the offenses happened the evening of Aug. 2 at the couple’s home in the 1700 block of South Fairview Avenue. Decatur police officer Adam Siefman quoted the 34-year-old girlfriend in the affidavit as saying she had been arguing with Wright when he began punching and slapping her all over her body.
She said he then choked her, pressed a pair of scissors to her throat and forced he to perform sex acts before raping her, according to the affidavit. One of the woman’s fingers was broken during the assaults, police said.
Wright is also accused of punching a dent in a wall at police headquarters and resisting police as they took him to the Macon County Jail.
Judge Phoebe Bowers set a pretrial hearing for Oct. 2. Wright remained in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $250,000 bond.