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Karate-kicking Ocala woman charged with battering man over 65

Michelle Darlene Walters

An Ocala woman is accused of battering an elderly man during a nasty family spat.

The victim, who is over age 65,  told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that he, his wife and 47-year-old Michelle Darlene Walters were sitting in their living room recently when Walters started yelling and cussing at him and wouldn’t stop. He said he told Walters she needed to quit yelling and go to another room, but she continued, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said Walters got up from the couch and approached him in an aggressive manner while he was seated in his recliner. He said he got up out of out of his chair and Walters put her foot up to kick him in the midsection. The victim said he was able to put his hands up at the last moment to block her from kicking him, the report said.

The victim said as Walters’ foot made contact with his arms, he was able to push her backwards, stopping any further contact. He said Walters went out the door and left the incident location on foot. The victim’s wife corroborated his account, according to the report.

Contacted at the 1100 block of SW 54th Circle, Walters said she was upset with the victim. She said she was yelling and did approach the victim, and she admitted to doing a “fake karate kick” at him. Walters said she did not touch or strike the victim. She said after she did her “fake karate kick,” the victim pushed her backwards, and that he was the first one to make physical contact, the report said.

Walters was charged with domestic battery on a person 65 years of age or older. She was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released on her own recognizance. Walters will appear in Marion County Court on July 21.

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