ENID, Okla. — A preliminary hearing for an Enid attorney charged with a misdemeanor and three felony counts involving a domestic battery incident was continued Friday until next year.
Robert Faulk, 41, will appear in court for a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Feb. 14, 2020, after being charged with a felony count of domestic abuse-prior pattern of physical abuse, a felony count of domestic assault and battery by strangulation, a felony count of intimidation of a witness and a misdemeanor count of domestic abuse-assault and battery.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, but Blaine County Associate District Judge Allison Lafferty, who was assigned to hear the case, said the defense requested a continuance due to scheduling conflicts and the state had two witnesses who failed to appear.
Assistant District Attorney Sean Hill said the witnesses received subpoenas from Garfield County Sheriff's Office but did not appear for court. He asked Lafferty to issue material witness warrants for the pair, and Lafferty said she would with an appearance set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 21.
Faulk was arrested early May 12 when officers responded to a call of a man “dragging a white female into a residence,” according to an affidavit filed in the case. Officers heard fighting from within the residence and based on statements from those reporting the incident, and because no one acknowledged police presence, Sgt. Aaron Barber believed the woman “was in imminent danger of serious bodily harm,” so they entered the residence.
Barber heard someone “coughing or being choked” from inside a room, and after Faulk was handcuffed and taken outside by another officer, Barber found a naked female crouched behind the bedroom door sobbing, according to the affidavit. There were red marks on her chest and collarbone area. When asked if Faulk had injured her the woman said, “I don’t know, maybe."
She told Barber she lived there and had been in a relationship with Faulk for nine years, according to the affidavit. Barber told her a neighbor called and reported seeing him drag her into the house and hit her. The woman responded “yeah” and said he was angry because she went to her friend’s house.
Barber asked if Faulk choked her, and she said, “Maybe, I don’t know,” according to the affidavit. He asked if he choked her until she passed out and she nodded yes, saying she did not know if she went out all the way.
Faulk faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 and post-imprisonment supervision on the charge of domestic abuse-prior pattern of physical abuse, one to three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $3,000 and post-imprisonment supervision on the charge of domestic assault and battery by strangulation and one to 10 years in prison and post-imprisonment supervision on the charge of intimidation of a witness.