First person charged in Bell County on new 2019 strangulation law during domestic incident
From the Bell County Sheriff's Department -
(Middlesboro, Ky.) On Saturday, November 30, 2019, at approximately 12:38am Sheriff's Deputy Justin Patterson was dispatched to a residence on Old Pineville Pike in Middlesboro in response to a domestic assault complaint. While in route, Deputy Patterson was notified via dispatch that the victim was transported to the Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital by Middlesboro Fire/EMS.
Upon Deputy Patterson's arrival, he made contact with victim 28 year old Angelica Jean Reid seeing severe bruising around her throat/neck along with numerous stab/puncture wounds on her upper thighs.
The deputy states that Reid says was assaulted by her live-in girlfriend, identified as 33 year old Bethany M. Evans, who had been drinking prior to the domestic assault.
Reid also said that she and Evans were arguing and that she was "pushed against a wall, shoved to the floor, held down, struck multiple times in the face by the Evan’s hands, strangled until consciousness lost, regained consciousness, and was stabbed numerous times, " all in the presence of a toddler.
Deputy Patterson stated that Middlesboro ARH provided medical treatment to Reid and attempted to locate Evans at her residence, but was unsuccessful.
On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Deputy Edward Dray traveled to Evans’ place of employment and arrested her. She was transported to and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with strangulation - 1st degree, and assault - 2nd degree (domestic violence).