Man faces 1st-degree attempted murder charge

August 02, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A woman blacked out after she allegedly was choked by her husband Tuesday in a Locust Hill home, but she was able to get free and call 911 for help, according to police.

James Thomas Middleton told his wife he had taken a "whole bottle of pills" and stated that "if I'm going to die, I'm going to kill you," police said.

Middleton, 38, of 64 Baltusrol Drive in Charles Town, was apprehended and he slumped over on the floor while being processed at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, police said.

Middleton was guarded by police while being treated at Jefferson Memorial Hospital and police took the man from the hospital to Jefferson County Magistrate Court on Wednesday to be arraigned, Lt. Dave Colbert said.


Middleton was charged with first-degree attempted murder, which carries a possible punishment of three to 15 years in prison, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records. He was being held Wednesday in Eastern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.

Middleton's wife told authorities early Tuesday that her husband had been drinking all night and that the two had been arguing.

At one point, Middleton's wife said she was going to leave him Tuesday morning, Cpl. B.S. Williams said in a criminal complaint.

Middleton stated "it is the perfect time to kill you because my mother is here to take care of the children," Williams said.

Middleton's wife said her husband grabbed her around the neck with both hands and started choking her, Williams said in the complaint.

The woman tried hitting and kicking her husband to get free and she later blacked out, Williams said.

Middleton's wife woke up and her husband started choking her again, Williams said.

Middleton let go of his wife and she called 911, according to the complaint.

Police arrived and found Middleton hiding under a neighbor's porch, Williams said.

Middleton resisted when police tried to handcuff him and he would not get out of a cruiser when he was taken to the sheriff's department, Williams said in the complaint.

Police had to carry him to a processing room, Williams said.

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