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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Night of drinking ends with woman reporting violent choking attacks

Denver Paul Bernard

A Fort McCoy man was arrested Sunday after a woman reported being choked three times following an argument the previous night.

The woman told Marion County deputies that she was “drinking and having a good time” with 41-year-old Denver Paul Bernard at their home on E Hwy. 318 until they got into an argument. She said she couldn’t remember what caused the argument but added that Bernard “was being controlling and grew upset with her for disagreeing with him,” a sheriff’s office report states, adding that the woman claimed Bernard gets angry “if she does not do everything he tells her to do.”

The woman said she tried to go onto the porch to get away from Bernard, but he followed her and then allegedly grabbed her by the throat and started choking her. She said she suffers from severe anxiety and when she was being choked she couldn’t breathe. And she added that Bernard “called her obscenities” during the incident and allegedly said that “she deserves to die,” the report says.

The woman said she tried to escape to the bedroom but Bernard followed her and started choking her again. She said he then followed her into the bathroom, broke the sink and started choking her a third time, the report says.

The woman said Bernard eventually left the house, so she called for a ride to come pick her up and then called 911 for help.

While deputies were speaking with the woman at a home on NE 153rd Street, she received a text message from one of Bernard’s friends. The message said Bernard would “fix her broken sink and that he is sorry.” Bernard then used the friends’ phone to send another text, the report says.

The deputy, who didn’t see any marks on the woman’s body, noted in the report that she said Bernard “has attacked her approximately 20 times” during the past 10 months and “she believes he has the ability to kill her,” the report says.

Bernard was taken into custody the following morning and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with domestic battery by strangulation and held on $2,500 bond.

Bernard, who is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Oct. 30 at 9 a.m., has been arrested two other times on domestic battery charges – Sept. 10, 2016 and earlier this year on Jan. 30.