A 19-year-old Ocala man is in the Marion County Jail for allegedly battering and strangling a woman who says he batters her on a nightly basis.
Jontrelle Livton Bell was charged Tuesday with felony battery (second or subsequent offense) and domestic battery by strangulation. He’s also being held on a failure-to-appear warrant and for violating pre-trial release conditions for a separate domestic violence charge.
A Marion County sheriff’s deputy met with the victim on Tuesday at the Dollar General Store at 7080 S. Pine Ave. The victim, who was visibly scared and crying, said she returned home from work and Bell battered her several times while questioning her about who she has been talking to. She said Bell doesn’t trust her, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said she changed clothes and laid down in bed before Bell came into the bedroom and pushed her onto the stomach. She said Bell hit her in the back several times, then made her sit up so he could put her in a choke hold. The victim said she couldn’t breathe and Bell continued to choke her, the report said.
The victim said Bell let her go and told her to leave, and she left and called law enforcement. She said this happens on a nightly basis and she has been scared to call law enforcement because Bell has her phone and she is afraid he’s going to kill her. The victim said Bell has several guns in the house and has threatened her life in the past, according to the report.
The deputy observed two fresh red and purple marks on the victim’s left side. She also had a red mark on the left side of her neck. The deputy also observed bruises on the victim’s back, right butt cheek, left jaw line, and both of her arms. The bruises were in various stages of healing. The victim said most were from previous incidents with Bell, the report said.
The deputy responded to the incident location and met with Bell, who declined to make a statement. While being taken to jail, Bell made several statements about the victim being mad because he wouldn’t put his hands on her, and he said she caused the injuries to herself, according to the report.
Bell is being held on $3,000 bond and will appear in Marion County Court on March 17.