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Middlesboro man charged with attempted murder of a woman and unborn child during domestic incident

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

From the Bell County Sheriff's Department -

Donald Shaver Jr. - BCDC

On Saturday night June 24, 2023, at 11:28 Bell County Deputies Samson Churchwell and Austin Poindexter were dispatched to an Old Cross Road residence in reference to a domestic violence incident.

Once on scene, the deputies came in contact with the female victim. She stated that 55-year-old Donald Shaver Jr. of Middlesboro placed his hand around her throat knocking her backwards out of a chair causing the back of her head to hit the ground and he then proceeded to strangle her.

The woman went on to state that she was able to break free from Shaver and get to her feet. She said Shaver swung an ax at her stomach while she is 13 weeks pregnant with their child.

Shaver was found sitting on the back of a pickup truck on the property and Deputy Churchwell states there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.

Donald Shaver Jr. Was taken into custody and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. He is charged with assault – 2nd degree – domestic violence, strangulation – 1st degree, attempted murder – domestic violence, attempted fetal homicide – 1st degree, and public intoxication – 1st and 2nd offense.

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