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Felony assault: Man convicted on domestic violence charge

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, March 10, 2018
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A Rhome man was found guilty of felony assault against a former girlfriend in 271st District Court Thursday.

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Tyler Vincent Wood was convicted of assault family/household member with previous conviction, a third degree felony.

His sentencing hearing in front of District Judge Brock Smith will take place at a later date following a presentence investigation.

Jessica Hall testified she was dating Wood last summer when the two began arguing on June 9 at a local motel where they were staying. She said Wood threatened to call the police on her, so she took his phone and threw it on a bed.

It’s at that point Hall said Wood assaulted her by throwing her to the ground, causing injuries when her head struck a cabinet and her chin hit the floor. She said Wood then took her phone and threw it against the wall, smashing it.

Hall said she went outside to talk to Wood’s cousin.

“I told her I wasn’t going to be his punching bag,” Hall said.

She went to the hospital because she was worried about injuries to her unborn child. While there, she spoke to an officer who took photos of her injuries, which were shown to the jury.

Hall said she began receiving texts from Wood while she was still in the hospital asking her to take him back.

In one reply that was read for the jury, Hall said, “Tyler, you are the type of person capable of killing me out of anger, and I’m not sticking around to find out.”

Prosecutors also presented evidence of Wood’s prior conviction for punching a woman in Oklahoma in February of last year. He was on probation for that offense when the new assault took place.

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