A Casper man accused of violence toward his pregnant girlfriend has been charged with aggravated assault.
Both parties say the fight between Justin Wilson, 30, and his girlfriend erupted Monday evening after the woman attempted to formally end the relationship. But the stories diverge from there.
The alleged victim told police that Wilson had made several menacing comments in the past few days regarding her pregnancy. At one point, she said, he threatened to throw her down the stairs to inflict a miscarriage and told her he wished she and the unborn child “would just die,” the affidavit states.
The woman said Wilson became enraged when she tried to break up with him and pushed her several times. A neighbor confirmed her version of events, telling police he witnessed Wilson shove the woman out of the apartment doorway.
Upon questioning, Wilson denied touching the woman and adamantly encouraged officers to talk to another, female neighbor, who would support his story.
She did, but her statements failed to dissuade police. Wilson was arrested and was later formally charged at his initial appearance Tuesday afternoon in Natrona County Circuit Court.
Wilson was not represented by an attorney at the hearing and only spoke to contest the state’s prescribed $10,000 bond.
“I am a working man,” he reasoned with Circuit Judge Michael Patchen. “I’d like to get back to work.” He asked instead for $5,000.
Patchen sided with the state for the time being, and additionally ordered Wilson have no contact with the alleged victim.
Wilson will receive a preliminary hearing to determine whether the case has grounds to move to District Court.