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Wagener man faces charges following domestic incident involving wife, roommate

January 30, 2019

A Wagener man was charged this weekend in connection with a domestic incident involving his 47-year-old wife and a 24-year-old man on Bluffwood Road earlier this month.

James Dale Nelson, 51, of the 200 block of Bluffwood Road, is charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and third-degree assault and battery, according to jail records.

On Jan. 12, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded around 8:20 p.m. to the incident location and met with the two victims, according to the report.

Nelson’s wife claimed she and her husband were arguing and he turned violent, punching her on the left side of her face and then choking her, the report states.

She said she was unable to breath and unsure if she went unconscious.

While Nelson was choking her, the male victim, who is their roommate, came into the room and pulled Nelson off her, according to the report.

The male victim told deputies he heard a commotion and walked into Nelson’s room to find him strangling his wife. He claimed he grabbed Nelson, pulled him off his wife, and Nelson attempted to strike him with a closed fist, according to the report.

Nelson continued to assault the male victim, who then managed to bring Nelson to the ground and place him in a chokehold, police reported.

Following the fight, Nelson got up and fled the scene.

Investigators observed Nelson’s wife had several bruises on her arms, legs and neck. She also claimed her throat hurt and her voice was hoarse, police reported.

Deputies filed warrants on Jan. 12 for Nelson’s arrest.

He was arrested Saturday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was released Sunday on a $6,087 bond, records show.

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