An argument over a text message turns into a domestic assault

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 5:00 AM

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A Coralville man has been accused of choking his girlfriend.

Brandon Payne, 18, was charged Sept. 12 with domestic-abuse assault.

According to a Coralville police complaint, the defendant and the woman were arguing over a text message. Payne allegedly bit her lip, scratched her face, and choked her. She said that while being choked, she could not breathe.

Under Miranda, Payne reportedly admitted to having fought with the woman.

Payne and the woman live together and have a child together.

Domestic-abuse assault causing bodily injury is an aggravated misdemeanor.

— by Megan Sanchez

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