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Missoula man accused of beating, cutting girlfriend held on $50K bail

Missoula man accused of beating, cutting girlfriend held on $50K bail

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A 46-year-old Missoula man was ordered held on $50,000 bail Friday after being accused of hitting his girlfriend with a stick, dragging her by her hair, and cutting her with a steak knife.

Carl Ray Miller faces two felony assault charges and a misdemeanor charge in connection with the Wednesday incident.

Miller’s girlfriend told police that after he hit her and dragged her into the house, she pretended to be unconscious, according to charging documents filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jordan Kilby. But he pinned her to a bed and continued beating her anyway and also strangled her, according to the documents.

He allegedly destroyed the bed’s headboard and smashed holes in the wall with a hammer, according to Kilby’s affidavit.

The woman told a nurse that cuts on her arms were from going through a window, and that Miller cut her on her legs with a knife, affidavit said.

A police detective saw glass shards near the home’s door, and found a bloody steak knife in a living room trash can, the affidavit said.

At Miller’s initial appearance Friday, Justice of the Peace John Odlin ordered Miller not to have any contact with the woman. And, if he’s released on bond, he’s to stay away from the home the two shared, even though he owns the home.

Miller is charged with assault with a weapon and aggravated assault, each with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of partner/family member assault.

Missoulian reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, gwen.florio@missoulian.com, or @CopsAndCourts.

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