DECATUR – Austin Fullenwider, 24, of Decatur is facing three criminal charges after he allegedly strangled a woman, tripped her and bent back her finger.
The victim reported to police that she was in her residence Dec. 26 when Fullenwider arrived to take part in a gift exchange.
“Austin and (the victim) got into a heated verbal argument that became physical when Austin grabbed (the victim) by the shirt and intentionally tripped her, causing her to fall on her back and hit her head on the ground,” said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Joseph Duncan.
Fullenwider then “choked her to the point that she was completely unable to breathe,” Duncan said, adding he observed that she had “a horizontal bleeding scratch” on the right side of her neck, about 1 to 1½ inches long. She also suffered bruises to her neck.
Fullenwider was arrested Jan. 2 by deputy U.S. Marshal Lorne Sturdivant and booked into the Macon County Jail. He was arraigned Jan. 5, on one felony count of aggravated domestic battery and two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery.
Fullenwider, who is free on bond, is due in court for his preliminary hearing in his two most recent cases on Wednesday.