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Allen M.E. Hall. 

DECATUR — A Decatur man who police say repeatedly tried to strangle his ex-girlfriend, and then sobbed that he didn’t want to go to prison, is now jailed on a preliminary charge of second-degree attempted murder.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said Allen M.E. Hall, 27, was arrested after the alleged assault Monday night at his home in the 300 block of West Prairie Avenue. He was also booked on a preliminary charge of domestic battery; all preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

Writing in the affidavit, patrol officer Andrew Medina said the victim had dated Hall for about a year and was visiting him when she was attacked as an argument escalated.

Medina quotes the 22-year-old woman as saying Hall clamped his hands around her throat and choked her before pushing her to the ground and strangling her again. “... This time she felt her blood flow to her brain was being cut off and this led her to believe she was going in and out of consciousness,” Medina said.

“She advised Hall said ‘I’m going to kill you’ while continuing to strangle her.”

The woman told police Hall finally backed off when she acted as if she was about to call 911. “She advised Hall took a step back and began to cry while saying he did not want to go to prison.”

Medina said police saw bruising, abrasions and reddening of the skin which corroborated the woman’s story. She told them she had been attacked and choked twice while they were dating and twice more since they had stopped dating in May 2017.

Hall remained in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday night in lieu of posting $100,000 bail. If he makes bail, he is ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend.

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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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