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Man accused of beating his blind girlfriend

Published August 21, 2013 10:15 pm

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A Murray man is accused of beating his blind girlfriend, strangling her and forcing her to swallow a handful of pills.

In charges filed Monday, police wrote that they were called to the couple's apartment at 48 Vine St. on Aug. 16 for reports of domestic violence. After they left, the woman said her boyfriend, who is her "registered caregiver," became enraged. When he is angry, he forces the victim to sleep on the floor, police wrote, so the woman lay down to go to sleep. While she was on the floor, the man repeatedly kicked her, police wrote.

The victim "began to cry and begged the defendant to stop," police wrote.

Instead, police wrote, the man told the victim to "die and jump off the porch" before dragging her outside and forcing her to sit on the steps of their third-floor apartment.

The woman went back inside the apartment, where the man allegedly grabbed her and poured a "large number" of pills into her hand. He told her to take the pills and kill herself or he would throw her off the balcony and kill her, police wrote. The man punched and shook the woman until she took the pills.

About an hour later, the woman began to feel ill and asked to be taken to the hospital, police wrote. Instead, the man grabbed her by the throat and strangled her, police wrote. The woman struggled for breath until he released her, police wrote.

The man, 49, was charged with aggravated abuse of a vulnerable adult, a second-degree felony.