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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Ocala man jailed after being accused of beating, strangling woman

A 54-year-old Ocala man was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after a woman accused him of beating and strangling her.

On Saturday, February 4, an MCSO deputy responded to a local residence in reference to a domestic battery incident.

Upon arrival at the home, the deputy made contact with the female victim and observed that her face was “extremely swollen,” according to the MCSO report. The deputy also noted that the victim had bruising and dried blood on the bridge of her nose as well as on her lips.

Prior to the incident, the victim told the deputy that she went out for drinks with Kevin Edward Spaulding earlier in the evening.

Kevin Edward Spaulding
Kevin Edward Spaulding

The victim advised that she eventually walked home alone, entered the residence, and fell asleep on her back. When the victim woke up, she stated that she was “being straddled” by Spaulding.

The victim claimed that Spaulding repeatedly punched her and held her down with his hand around her throat. According to the victim, Spaulding told her, “I’m going to kill you and your (expletive) kids.”

During the incident, the victim advised that Spaulding shook her head back and forth while holding onto her neck. In an effort to get away from Spaulding, the victim admitted that she did “whatever was necessary,” which included poking, scratching, and biting him, according to the MCSO report.

When the victim was able to get Spaulding off of her, she told the deputy that she exited the residence.

The deputy made contact with Spaulding. He advised that the victim bit the right side of his cheek. In the MCSO report, the deputy noted that there was an apparent bite mark on Spaulding’s cheek, which was surrounded by dried blood.

After being read his Miranda rights, Spaulding advised that he went out for a few drinks and then returned home with the victim. He stated that they were “hugging and kissing” in bed when the victim bit his face, according to the MCSO report.

Spaulding advised that he placed his hand on the victim’s throat in an attempt to get her away from his cheek. He told the deputy that the victim would not let go of his cheek, and so he “pushed harder” until he was able to separate himself from the victim.

According to the MCSO report, the victim had “splotchy red spots throughout the white of her eyes,” which was consistent with petechiae. The victim was transported to a local medical facility.

Spaulding was medically cleared, arrested, and transported to Marion County Jail. He was later released on $2,000 bond, and he is facing a felony charge for committing domestic battery by strangulation.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, according to jail records.