The Columbus man that police say choked and dragged a 29-year-old woman close to him appeared in Recorder's Court Thursday afternoon.
Represented by public defender Charles Lykins, Cortez Mitchell, 32, pleaded not guilty to one count each of kidnapping, aggravated assault, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, crossing the guard lines with marijuana, obstruction and giving false information.
He was placed in the Muscogee County Jail after being denied bond on the aggravated assault charge alone.
The case was bound over to Superior Court.
Columbus Police Officer Rick Beach told the court that a neighbor witnessed Mitchell choke the woman outside of their home in the 2000 block of 13th Avenue home and drag her to the residence.
Beach testified that the neighbor called police to the intersection of 13th Avenue and 21st Street Tuesday around 11 p.m. to report the dispute.
Beach police spoke with the victim who was initially not cooperating but eventually told them that Mitchell choked her and dragged her into the residence by her throat. She had redness and swelling on her throat as a result of the alleged attack, Beach said.
When asked what happened when the two made it inside of the building, the woman failed to cooperate with police, Beach said.
The testifying officer said that police saw Mitchell walk from the front porch of the residence to the backyard after he was commanded to stop. Beach said another officer had to "cut him off" in backyard for him to finally stop.
He reportedly told police that was coming back from the Circle K gas station, Beach said.
Police transported Mitchell to the jail.
Before he crossed the guard lines, police asked him if he had any illegal drugs, but he denied it. After he cross the guard line, police allegedly found less than an ounce of marijuana in Mitchell's left, back pocket.
Mitchell denied choking or dragging his wife in court Thursday. He also denied telling the police that he had just returned from the Circle K gas station when the arrived.