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Senator facing domestic violence charges argues self-defense

September 27, 2018

LITTLETON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire state senator charged with domestic violence plans to argue he acted in self-defense at trial.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat from Whitefield, pleaded not guilty in August to nine charges alleging he struck and bit a woman, and kicked in the door of her home. WMUR-TV reports that in court documents filed Thursday, Woodburn says any force he used against the woman was necessary in order to leave a volatile situation she created. Woodburn says the woman repeatedly tried to block and restrain him, including brandishing a knife.

Woodburn, who stepped down as Senate Democratic leader after his arrest faces Republican David Starr of Franconia in the November election.

Woodburn’s attorney declined to comment on the documents, which were later sealed.

A trial date has been set for Dec. 17.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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