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Man Allegedly Strangled, Kicked and Bit His Wife

by on March 12, 2018 7:46 PM

A State College man is facing charges after incidents in which he allegedly bit, kicked and strangled his wife and told her she was lucky he didn't shoot her.

According to a criminal complaint, the woman reported on Sunday that on March 3 her husband, Donald W. Moore Jr., 49, had grabbed her upper arm and kicked her shin during an argument. Police said bruising was still visible.

On Saturday she and Moore were arguing over divorce paperwork when Moore told her she was lucky he didn't get his gun and shoot her in the head, according to the complaint.

She waited until Moore went to sleep before leaving the residence and returned on Sunday to gather belongings and drop off Moore's car. Police said Moore became upset when the dog he was watching escaped from the house. He allegedly grabbed and hit the woman and bit her finger, causing it to bleed and bruise.

When she attempted to escape, Moore allegedly grabbed her and put both of his hands around her neck. The woman said she could not breathe while his hands were around her neck and police said redness and bruising were visible.

Moore was interviewed by police and allegedly admitted that he shoved the woman, held her down and bit her finger to keep her from leaving. He also said he mentioned to his wife a dream in which he shot her and that he did not remember the March 3 altercation but was aware of her bruises, according to the complaint

He was charged with a felony count of strangulation, misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats and simple assault and a summary offense of harassment.

Moore was arraigned on Monday before District Judge Casey McClain and was unable to post $25,000 straight monetary bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 21.

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