The affidavit said the 80-year-old came out “to see what was going on” and the younger man told him he would brief him later and his presence wasn’t required.
“I’ll do whatever the hell I want,” the older man is quoted as saying before he left.
Tempers continued to run hot later when the younger man said he saw his older brother-in-law back at the well “to inspect things.” The affidavit quotes the younger man as saying he approached his relative who swung around and clubbed him on the arm with his walking cane.
The confrontation escalated from there and the older man was pushed to the ground with the younger man on top of him. “(His) hands were placed around (the older man’s) neck, in a manner that caused him to be incapable of breathing for a few moments,” said the affidavit, which was signed by Deputy Curt Hale.
“Also, while on top of the (older man) he bit him on the left clavicle. I observed slight redness to (the older man’s) neck and obvious bite marks on his left clavicle.”
The younger man was booked on a preliminary charge of aggravated domestic battery. Hale explained the aggravating factors being the battery involved strangulation and the victim is aged over 60.
A check of Macon County Jail records Tuesday showed the younger man has been released after posting a $500 bond on bail set at $5,000; prosecutors had asked for bail to be set at $10,000.
Bail conditions forbid the man to have any contact with his brother-in-law.
All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney’s office.
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