A fight that ended with police began with a cell phone, according to testimony in Recorder's Court Monday.
Terrell White is charged with aggravated assault and false imprisonment after he allegedly punched and choked his girlfriend, at one point holding her down on the ground, after fighting with her over failing to return his calls.
White pleaded not guilty to both charges.
An officer said in court that he responded to the initial report on Saturday. He met the victim, White's girlfriend, at the Wynnton Road Circle K, where she said she'd been assaulted.
The victim showed obvious injury, with swelling on her face, scratches on her throat and abrasions on her elbows.
The victim said that she and her boyfriend had been fighting about her cellphone use -- the boyfriend alleges that she won't answer his calls -- when he punched her in the face, drug her across the floor of their bedroom and choked her.
She tried to leave but he restrained her -- and once she was able to get away, she went to the Circle K and called police.
After speaking with the victim, officers went to the couple's apartment, on the 2000 block of Wynnton Road, where they reportedly observed White leaving the complex.
The officer said that White's clothes had blood on them, and that the apartment showed signs of a struggle.
White said that their fight was the product of miscommunication -- he suspected she was talking to other men -- and that he told her he wanted to break up.
He denied the charge of false imprisonment, saying his girlfriend left the apartment because it was "too hot," though he admitted to hitting and choking her.
"It went further than it should have," White said.
Bond was set at $15,000 for each of White's charges.
Judge Michael Joyner issued the victim a written order preventing White from contacting her.