Domestic Abuse Strangulation Case Set for Jury Trial
A Jury Trial is scheduled on charges of Felony Strangulation and Suffocation in Burnett County Circuit Court regarding an incident which occurred in December 2015.
Burnett County Dispatch received a call for assistance on December 4, 2015, from a female victim who stated that her live-in boyfriend, Larry Suess, of Siren, WI, had violently assaulted her.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim stated to law enforcement that Suess arrived home intoxicated and began threatening her with his fists and verbally assaulting her and accusing her of cheating on him.
The victim stated that she went into the bedroom to get away from Suess, but that he kicked the door in and then reportedly began punching her with a closed fist. The criminal complaint goes on to state that Suess allegedly put both of his hands around the victim's throat and applied pressure, blocking her ability to breathe for several seconds.
The victim went on to tell law enforcement that she hit and kicked Suess to get away from him and was able to get into the bathroom and close that door and lock it, however, Suess then kicked that door in and continued the attack.
According to the victim's statement, Suess threw the victim onto the bathroom floor and choked her again. She went on to state that when she tried to get away, Suess pushed her into the shower and then slammed the back of her head into the tiled shower wall.
The criminal complaint goes on to state that the victim reported that she was able to get out of the bathroom, but that Suess continued to follow her throughout the house, throwing her down and choking her. At one point Suess reportedly locked the front door and stood in front of it, telling her “you ain't [expletive] leaving.”
When the victim got out of the house by a different door, she went into the garage to attempt to get into her vehicle and leave, but Suess came into the garage and closed the overhead door and again allegedly told her “you ain't [expletive] leaving, you better call your brother.”
The victim went back into the house with Suess, and when he went into another room she ran from the residence, dressed only in a t-shirt, shorts, and socks, not even having time to grab any shoes, and ran to her brother's house, where she called 911.
According to the victim's statement, Suess had previously threatened her on more than one occasion, once with a knife, once with a chair, and once by putting a gun to her head.
Charges of Class H Felony Strangulation and Suffocation, Class A Misdemeanor Domestic Battery, and Class B Misdemeanor Domestic Disorderly Conduct were filed against Suess in Burnett County Circuit Court on December 14, 2015, following the incident. Public record shows that Suess appeared on December 9, 2015, for a bail bond hearing, and was placed on a $2,000 signature bond.
A jury trial is scheduled for July 18, 2017, in Burnett County Circuit Court on Suess's charges. (Prior jury trial dates were scheduled for October 2016 and February 2017. It is not known at this time why those trial dates were not held.)
Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.