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DECATUR — Chayla L. Bradford, the Decatur woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend's genitals after he wanted to break up with her, appeared in court Wednesday pleading not guilty to a charge of aggravated battery inflicting great bodily harm.

Bradford, 30, also told Macon County Circuit Court Judge Phoebe Bowers that she was entering not guilty pleas to further charges of domestic battery causing bodily harm and aggravated domestic battery.

Bradford was defended by attorney Dave Ellison who said she would waive a preliminary hearing to see if there was a case to answer. Bowers said the case would be assigned to Judge Thomas Griffith and scheduled a pretrial hearing for Sept. 10.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police Officer Tim Wittmer said the charges date to June 24 when Bradford’s 43-year-old boyfriend, upset she had been out all day, told her he was ending their relationship. Wittmer said the boyfriend told police that Bradford responded by grabbing his penis and testicles before “pulling and tugging at these body parts to the point it was painful.”

The boyfriend then told police he had wrestled with her and managed to break free and shove her away from him, but his relief didn’t last long.

“He then felt a very sharp pain in his scrotum area,” said Wittmer. “He advised he looked down and observed a large laceration on his scrotum area. DPD officers visually observed a 5-6 inch in length and ½ inch-deep laceration to the right side of the (victim’s) scrotum. Digital photos were taken of the injury.”

Bradford remains in the custody of the Macon County Jail where she is being held in lieu of posting $79,900 bond.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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