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July 3, 2014

Man accused of strangulation, machete assault appears in court

ENID, Okla. — An Enid man appeared in court Thursday on accusations of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery by strangulation.

Zachary Garfield Hall, 21, remained in Garfield County Detention Facility for his video arraignment. Bail is set at $100,000. A protective order remains in place to prevent contact with the victim.

Hall was arrested early in the morning June 28 after police were called to a residence in the 1300 block of Chickasaw. An investigation by Enid Police Department, which included statements from the victim, concluded Hall got into a fight with his girlfriend. When police arrived on scene, an officer saw blood on walls and the floor. A bloody machete was discovered during the search, according to the court documents.

According to the EPD affidavit, the victim told police Hall refused to leave the house during the argument and shoved her to the ground. He then allegedly continued to hit her and put his hand over her mouth, causing her to pass out, according to the affidavit.

The woman grabbed a machete that was in the house and swung it at Hall, striking him in the arm and possibly the head, the affidavit states.

Hall took the machete away and “started beating her right leg and buttocks with it,” the investigating officer wrote. Hall disputed this and said he received the cuts when he took the machete from his girlfriend. He also said he didn’t know how the victim got her injuries, according to the affidavit.

The defendant faces up to 10 years in prison or up to one year in the county jail if convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The charge of domestic assault and battery by strangulation is punishable by imprisonment for one to three years and/or a fine of up to $3,000.

During the arraignment, Judge Brian Lovell entered a plea of not guilty on Hall’s behalf.

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