A 41-year-old Belleview man was arrested after being accused of grabbing a female victim by the neck and choking her.
On Sunday, June 19, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a residence in the 15000 block of S U.S. Highway 441 in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the female victim who stated that there had been an altercation with Christopher Arden Layne.
According to the victim, the most recent altercation with Layne had only been verbal, but she stated that she was scared to return home due to prior physical abuse. She advised that there have been “ongoing issues” with Layne.
The victim told the deputy that Layne had started to become controlling. On April 30, she advised that she had returned home from a party and Layne became “irate” with her.
While inside the residence, the victim alleged that Layne grabbed her by the neck and facial area, and he allegedly began to choke her. She stated that her child witnessed the incident, and the child was able to get Layne to stop choking her.
During the incident, the victim recalled that Layne was holding a set of keys, and she alleged that he pressed down with enough force that the keys cut her lip. She showed the deputy a timestamped photo of the injury, dated May 1, and the deputy noted in the report that the victim’s lip was bleeding.
The deputy spoke with the witness who confirmed the victim’s story. The witness advised that the victim was gasping and wheezing for air when she was being choked.
The deputy made contact with Layne, and he agreed to an interview. He denied the victim’s allegations and stated that the victim had hit him on multiple occasions. He also stated that the victim had sent him the photo that showed the injury to her lip, and he believed that she was setting him up.
Layne was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held without bond. He is facing a felony charge for domestic battery by strangulation.
A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, July 19 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.