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Watertown man charged with felony strangulation and suffocation

September 25, 2018

A 49-year-old Watertown man was charged Monday with strangling a woman.

Daryl C. Kuerschner is charged with felony strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces more than six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

The court ordered a $2,000 cash bond, with the conditions that Kuerschner have no contact with the alleged victim and no abusive or violent contact with anyone.

According to the criminal complaint, Kuerschner and a woman were at a gas station when he became angry about a mix-up with the clerk while buying gas. She said as they were coming out, he said “I could just kill you” while clenching his fists. She said that she dropped him off at his home after a day at Super America and decided not to stay because of his behavior.

She said that he became angry and grabbed her key out of the ignition before bending it. She said that Kuerschner chased her around for awhile and said he would threaten officers with a crossbow if she called police.

The victim said that, eventually, she believed that Kuerschner had gone back into his residence, so she went back into her truck only to find him crouched down in the vehicle waiting for her. She said that he grabbed her neck and applied pressure so she couldn’t breathe before letting her go and saying “you’re not worth it.”

The victim said Kuerschner also punched her hard in the face and head before she was able to get free and go to police. An officer observed scratches and marks on her neck and body.

Kuerschner said that he and the woman got into a fight over money he said she owed him. He denied harming the woman, saying that if he punched her, she would be dead.

A review hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17.

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