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DECATUR — A Decatur man pleaded not guilty Wednesday during his arraignment in Macon County Circuit Court to eight counts of battery in connection with the beating his girlfriend.

Donald D. "Duck" Gaddy, 49, faces two counts of aggravated domestic battery (Class 2 felonies), four counts of aggravated battery (Class 3 felonies) and two counts of committing domestic battery while having previous domestic battery convictions (Class 4 felonies).

Testifying under questioning from Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott, Decatur police officer Gregory Clark said he was sent to the 1300 block of East Orchard Street at 8:38 a.m. Dec. 9, where a witness told the officer he had seen a man “beating up” a woman in the middle of the street.

Clark said he found the woman with dried blood on her face and mouth and complaining of severe pain from her left hip. A sworn affidavit said the beating left the woman with a fractured nose and left hip.

“Did she state … the two of them (Gaddy and herself) were walking down the street when he punched her in the face and head, causing her to fall, and then kicked her repeatedly over her entire body,” Scott asked Clark.

“Yes,” the officer said.

Defense attorney David Ellison had no questions, and a pretrial hearing was scheduled for Jan. 22. Public defender Scott Rueter was appointed as trial counsel for Gaddy, who is being held in the Macon County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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