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DECATUR — Adam L. Agee appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to three charges related to accusations he attacked his sick wife because she would not get out of bed and fix him a meal.

Agee, 42, was arraigned in Macon County Circuit Court on charges of aggravated domestic battery involving strangulation, domestic battery and unlawful restraint. Judge Phoebe Bowers assigned the case to Judge Jeffrey Geisler and scheduled a pretrial hearing for March 4.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit concerning the case said Agee’s wife had been laid up in bed for two days when she was subjected to an ordeal lasting several hours on the morning of Nov. 17 at her home.

Decatur police officer Edward Cunningham said the woman told officers of getting out of bed to try to escape Agee, who then became enraged when he realized she was intending to leave without fixing a meal for him after he told her he was hungry. The affidavit described him as sitting on her chest to prevent her from leaving before pinning her to a chair and strangling her to the point she was left gasping for air.

The woman, who police said was also shoved against a wall, was finally able to flee the house and get to a nearby gas station to find help, the affidavit said.

In court, Decatur police officer Kara Flannery testified about the case and, under cross-examination from Chief Public Defender David Ellison, said the woman indicated she was in pain after her ordeal. Ellison also asked if there were any witnesses present during the alleged incident, and was told there was not.

Agee remained held in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $40,000 bail.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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