The aggravated assault suspect of a Mason Drive incident was accused of beating the surviving victim for more than two hours and "leaving her for dead," Columbus police said.
Terrance Travon Coleman, 27, pleaded not guilty to one count each of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and theft by taking in connection to the March incident.
Upon the victim's request, the hijacking a motor vehicle charge against Coleman was dropped. The victim said she does not own the $8,000 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis taken from the residence, and Coleman didn't steal it.
Because Coleman has a prior conviction for armed robbery, Judge Michael Cielinski denied him bond on the aggravated assault and battery charges. He issued Coleman a $1,000 bond for the theft by taking indictment.
The judge also ordered that Coleman be placed back inside of the Muscogee County Jail and bounded the case over to Superior Court.
Columbus Police Officer Mike O'Keefe told the court that he was called to the Midtown Medical Center ER March 14 in reference to a reported assault. The official said he met with a 25-year-old woman who was in stable condition and recovering from serious injuries.
O'Keefe went on to say the woman had a broken hand, swollen eyes and lips, neck and wrists bruises and a possible eye fracture after a man close to her attacked her on Mason Drive.
"It was to the point that she couldn't see or even speak," O'Keefe said.
The woman reported that Coleman got upset with her, because she was texting. He allegedly snatched the phone from her and got violent when the screen locked, meaning that it required a security code for access, O'Keefe testified.
That's when he reportedly threw the woman to the ground and beat her for more than two hours while threatening her. Coleman allegedly said was he was going to kill her and that she should "just die," O'Keefe testified.
"He beat her to she was unconscious," the officer said. "At this point, he left with her cell phone and her 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis."
O'Keefe said Coleman returned later on in the evening, and the woman was barely conscious. He poured cold water on her and allegedly told her that she was supposed to be dead, according to the official's testimony.
"He continued beating her at this point," O'Keefe said. "She could not defend herself of fight back...He choked her, again, to the point of unconsciousness."
Police said the woman regained consciousness the morning of March 14 but have not announced when she was assaulted.
The victim informed police of Coleman's whereabouts, and he was later arrested without incident.
When given an opportunity to speak during the Tuesday hearing, Coleman denied responsibility for the Mason Drive attack.
"I'm not guilty, sir," Coleman told the judge. "She was also fighting me."