Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 4, 2013

Domestic battery, wanton endangerment case to go to grand jury

PRINCETON — A local man who allegedly fired a gunshot at his girlfriend’s head after using an ax to break out of his basement will now see his case go to the Mercer County grand jury.

Timothy Stewart, 39, of Princeton, appeared in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing before Magistrate James Dent. Stewart was charged with domestic battery and wanton endangerment after officers with the Princeton Police Department arrived Feb. 4 at 1114 Henry Street and arrested him.

Stewart allegedly struck his girlfriend several times that evening and threatened to kill her if she tried to leave the residence, Sgt. E.T. Pugh of the Princeton police said in his arrest report. The girlfriend later managed to lock Stewart in the home’s basement and called Mercer County 911 for help.

“The defendant (Stewart) then took an ax and freed himself from the basement, and retrieved a .38 caliber revolver,” Pugh said. “As she attempted to flee the residence, the defendant knocked her to the ground and fired one shot by her head and into the floor, and stated that she ‘knew where the next one was going.’”

Officers then arrived on the scene, Pugh said.

Magistrate Dent found probable cause in the case and forwarded it to the Mercer County grand jury. Stewart was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John McGinnis represented the state.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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