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Lemonade-tossing Ocklawaha man jailed after fearful gal pal calls for help

Christopher Daniel Harris

An Ocklawaha man found himself behind bars Thursday morning after a woman claimed he had raised his fist and threatened to assault her multiple times.

The victim told Marion County sheriff’s deputies that while lying in bed, 40-year-old Christopher Daniel Harris had made an accusation against her, which was redacted from the sheriff’s office report. She claimed Harris picked up a glass of lemonade and dumped it on her, a sheriff’s office report states, noting that her “clothing was clearly stained from the lemonade.”

After being read his rights, Harris admitted that he dumped the lemonade on the victim but he said he did it because she poured lemonade on him first after he made the accusation against her. A deputy removed the sheets from the bed and discovered that the only lemonade stain was on the side where the victim had been sleeping.

“There was no lemonade stains on the defendant’s side of the bed, and there was no splashed lemonade that would have indicated that there was a struggle over the glass,” a sheriff’s office report states.

A computer check revealed that Harris had a previous battery conviction from Jan. 24, 2017 that involved the same victim. He was then placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with battery (second or subsequent offense). He was being held on $2,000 bond and is due court Dec. 1 at 9 a.m., jail records show.

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