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Bail set at $15,000 cash for former Colfax man charged with 5 more felonies

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX —  Bail has been set at $15,000 cash for a former Colfax man charged with five additional felonies related to substantial battery, false imprisonment and intimidating a victim.

Kedar J. Davis, 20, appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court before Judge James Peterson December 28 for a preliminary hearing on five felony charges of strangulation and suffocation, false imprisonment, intimidating a witness/threatening force, substantial battery intending bodily harm and felony bail jumping.

Davis also is charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery and knowingly violating a domestic abuse temporary restraining order.

 The alleged victim is 19 years old.

Davis pleaded guilty in a case involving the same victim in September of 2017 to felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to 40 days in jail and two years of probation.

In the earlier case, Judge Peterson accepted a Deferred Acceptance of a Guilty Plea (DAGP) agreement for one felony count of stalking, while one felony count of intimidating a victim and threatening force was dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion and a felony count of bail jumping and a misdemeanor count of knowingly violating a domestic abuse order/temporary restraining order also were dismissed.

Judge Peterson dismissed a felony count of strangulation and suffocation, too, along with two misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct in yet another case brought against Davis involving the same victim.

On the charge of felony false imprisonment, Davis was ordered to have no contact with the 19-year-old victim and to complete any domestic violence programming ordered by his probation agent.

Judge Rod Smeltzer granted a four-year restraining order against Davis in Dunn County Circuit Court on January 31, 2017.

In the most recent case against Davis, Judge Peterson set a cash bail of $5,000 December 26, and during the December 28 preliminary hearing, ordered another cash bail of $10,000 for the previous case involving the deferred prosecution agreement.

Following the preliminary hearing, Judge Peterson found probable cause and bound Davis over for trial.

A motion to revoke the deferred prosecution agreement will be heard at the same time of the arraignment hearing for Davis on January 22.

Davis is charged as a repeat offender on the charges of strangulation and suffocation, false imprisonment/domestic abuse, intimidation of a victim, substantial battery inflicting physical pain or injury, misdemeanor battery and knowingly violating a domestic abuse temporary restraining order.

Culver’s

According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the Menomonie Police Department responded to Culver’s on December 21 to meet with the alleged victim regarding a domestic assault.

The officer described the young woman as appearing to be in fear, exhausted, with a pale complexion, bruising on her face and red blotches in the white portions of both of her eyes.

The alleged victim told the officer she had endured verbal and physical trauma from Kedar J. Davis, her former live-in significant other, at a residence in Menomonie between December 17 and December 21.

Davis had asked the alleged victim about her whereabouts after looking through her phone and photos, and if he did not like her answers, Davis responded by hitting her, according to the complaint.

The alleged victim said Davis had struck her with an open hand, had punched the sides of her body, had kicked her and had “heel stomped” her chest once or twice and that he would strike her anywhere from one to five times after each question.

The alleged victim also told the officer that Davis had repeatedly struck her in the left ear and that she had lost consciousness for a brief period of time, according to the complaint.

At one point, when the alleged victim refused to pick up Davis’s sweatshirt, Davis threw her to the ground and put the sweatshirt in her mouth.

The woman said she had so many bruises from the trauma on December 17 that she believed she could not return home or be seen by her family members and that she missed work on December 18 because of her injuries. Davis allegedly told the woman to make up a story about a candle falling on her head and giving her a black eye, the complaint states.

The woman said most of the incidents occurred in her bedroom in the basement, which has a concrete floor, and that Davis dragged her over to the top of the stairs and pushed her down the stairs.

The alleged victim said she tried to resist but that Davis blamed her for crying and resisting and justified his actions because she had resisted him, according to the complaint.

The woman also said Davis had struck her with her belt and that he had pulled her off the bed by her ankles, causing her head to bounce off the concrete floor.

The alleged victim said she had yelled and screamed and begged Davis to stop and leave the residence, the complaint states.

Petechiae

The officer observed petechiae in the white portion of both of the alleged victim’s eyes and asked her about strangulation.

Petechiae are red or purple spots caused by bleeding from a broken capillary.

The alleged victim reported that Davis had cut off her circulation and breathing for approximately three seconds, and that she believed her eyes were red from being struck and from her head bouncing off the concrete floor, according to the complaint.

On December 21, when Davis was not at the residence, he sent several text messages, and when the alleged victim failed to respond, Davis arrived within five minutes. He allegedly took the woman’s keys and would not give them back.

The alleged victim said before Davis let her leave for work, he said “to not do anything stupid.” The woman said Davis meant she was not to contact the police or to say she had been with Davis.

Davis allegedly told the woman “if you break my heart, I will kill you,” and reportedly told her it was all her fault because she had lied and did not listen and that he loves her, according to the complaint.

The alleged victim went to Mayo Menomonie where she was seen by a registered nurse, who reported the young woman had bruises on her arms, arm pits, legs, hip, face, right ear, left eye, right cheek and her back as well as red petechiae in each eye, the complaint states.

Davis denied abusing the woman but admitted to being with her between December 17 and December 21, according to the complaint.

Davis, who played football, basketball and was on the track team at Colfax High School, graduated from CHS in 2016.

He  is scheduled for an arraignment hearing at 8:30 a.m. January 22 before Judge Peterson.

During the bail hearing December 26, Davis, who was in custody, appeared in court with attorney Lynne McMullen.

McMullen requested a signature bond and said $500 cash would be the largest amount of bail Davis would be able to post.