Hutchinson man accused of attacking his girlfriend with a bat

John Green
The Hutchinson News
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Police arrested a Hutchinson man Tuesday on two counts of felony battery for allegedly striking his girlfriend in the head with a bat and briefly strangling her.

Joshua Bevill, 33, also was jailed on suspicion of criminal damage to property and possession of opiates and marijuana, according to records.

The victim told police that Bevill, her boyfriend for 2 ½ years, first attacked her earlier in the day, grabbing her by the shoulders and slamming her against a wall, then strangling her. When she tried to get away, he pushed her into a door frame.

“She said she felt like you were going to break her neck, and you pushed your hand inside her mouth, causing her to bite her tongue,” Magistrate Judge Daniel Gilligan said, reading from the arrest affidavit.

She managed to leave the house with her teenage daughter but returned later and started to clean up the house, which she described as “a mess.”

Bevill again became angry, causing the woman to retreat to a bedroom. However, he removed the bedroom door, the report stated, and threw it into the kitchen.

The woman then armed herself with a baseball bat, but Bevill wrestled it from her, she told police, and he struck her in the head with it before smashing a flat-screen television.

Investigating officers observed swelling and bruising on the woman’s forehead, neck, and shoulders, as well as her bitten tongue, the report stated. She went to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Officers who located Bevill at about 5:30 a.m. found him in possession of suspected hydrocodone, oxycodone and alprazolam pills, as well as THC wax, the report stated.

Gilligan scheduled a status hearing for Oct. 13 to see what charges the state files.

Bevill asked the court to lower his bond, denying he ever hit the woman with the bat, “I never had that in my hands,” and contending the television was his, and it was already broken.

He told Gilligan he needed to be released to care for his nephews while his mother went to chemotherapy treatment, and so he could return to his job as a taxi driver.

Reno County Assistant District Attorney Brian Koch noted the bonds seemed high on the drug counts but that they should be higher on the counts of aggravated domestic battery for impeding breathing and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, so he objected to  lowering them.

Gilligan agreed with Koch about the drug counts and reduced Bevill's bonds by $7,500, resulting in total bonds of $23,750.