DECATUR — A Decatur man, who prosecutors said jammed a gun into his pregnant girlfriend’s head and threatened to kill her if she dated anyone else, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday facing 13 charges related to the incident.
Dejuan T. Whitfield, 44, pleaded not guilty to two counts of armed violence, both Class X felonies with minimum 15-year terms if convicted. He also pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated battery involving a deadly weapon, three counts of aggravated battery involving a pregnant victim and three counts of domestic battery. He was further charged with interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.
A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Feb. 26. Whitfield, free on $50,000 bond according to court documents, appeared with defense attorney David Ellison and waived his right to a preliminary hearing of the charges.
Those charges are based on a sworn affidavit by Decatur police officer Scott Gilman who said Whitfield, armed with a 9 mm handgun, had entered his girlfriend’s North Portage Place apartment at 11 p.m. April 9 and confronted her as she took a shower.
Gilman said the woman told him Whitfield had punched her in the head repeatedly before kicking her in the face and threatening her with the gun.
“(The victim) had swelling to this specific area in the center of her forehead consistent with her account that Whitfield pressed a firearm or other metal object into it,” Gilman wrote.