Man denies assault that allegedly left indentation on wife’s skull
An Absarokee man who allegedly caused an indentation in his wife’s skull by throwing a candy dish at her head has denied a felony charge in connection with the incident.
Richard Scott Davis, 61, appeared in handcuffs last Thursday in the 22nd Judicial District Court and pleaded not guilty to one felony count of assault with a weapon.
According to court documents, on June 3 at 3:20 p.m., Davis called 911 to report he had thrown an object at his wife and she was on the floor bleeding. Three deputies and Absarokee Fire & Ambulance responded and found Davis kneeling over his wife, who was unconscious and not moving.
Davis was applying pressure to a head wound with a towel and when asked what happened, Davis told the deputies he had hit his wife in the head with a candy dish, according to court documents.
When questioned further, Davis allegedly told Chief Deputy Woody Claunch that he and his wife had been arguing since the previous night and that he had “gone into a rage” when she threw a cup of water at his back, which prompted him to throw a porcelain candy dish at her, according to court documents.
His wife told deputies that Davis has “a very violent past” and that he had slapped her face, which led her to throw a large mug of ice water at his back, according to court documents. The blow from the candy dish resulted in a small cut on her forehead that required a staple.
District Judge Blair Jones set a $5,000 bail and as of Monday, June 29, Davis was no longer in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.
Stillwater County Attorney Nancy Rohde had requested $10,000 bail among, calling Davis a “multi-state offender” with domestic abuse and burglary arrests. Defense attorney Greg Paskell said his client refutes that.