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Reeseville man accused of beating up roommate

September 26, 2018

A 24-year-old Reeseville man was charged Tuesday with felony battery over a fight with his roommate.

Neal Blake McKinley is charged with felony battery and felony disorderly conduct with domestic abuse elements as well as felony bail jumping. If convicted, he faces more than 10 years in prison and over $20,000 in fines.

Court Commissioner Steven Seim ordered a $250 cash bond, with the conditions that McKinley have no contact with his roommate or the residence and not have violent or abusive contact with anyone.

According to the criminal complaint, McKinley and his roommate had a fight and the man said McKinley punched him in the face several times before they both fell to the ground and the roommate was able to restrain McKinley.

The roommate went to Beaver Dam Community Hospital around 2 a.m. Tuesday for pain in his face and head and pain in his ankle.

McKinley told a deputy that the roommate had come home after drinking heavily and had a knife. He said the roommate came into his room with the knife, didn’t know what he was upset about and had to defend himself after the roommate reached for the knife.

McKinley later said that the reason the roommate was upset was that he had told the roommate he needed to come home from the bar before the door was locked. He said the roommate came into his room screaming and he told the roommate to leave the room which he did before coming back after McKinley put his pants on. McKinley said the roommate then grabbed him and he felt he had no choice but to defend himself.

The deputy felt that McKinley was changing his story slightly every time he told it. The roommate said he does have a knife at work but he did not have one during the incident. The roommate blew a 0.069 in a breath test, below the legal limit, and a deputy did not find him to be overly intoxicated.

McKinley was later arrested and brought to jail. He faces a charge of bail jumping for violating his probation in a case where he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of battery and disorderly conduct with domestic abuse elements in Rock County last year.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11.

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