BENNINGTON -- A man who police said cut his own throat after assaulting a woman was held without bail Wednesday after being charged with domestic assault.
Scott C. Gray, 23, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to first degree aggravated domestic assault, and misdemeanor domestic assault. The court ordered a mental health evaluation.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Keith Diotte, on Tuesday at 6:33 p.m. he was dispatched to McCall Street for a report of a male with a knife to his throat. While en route he was told the male had cut himself.
Diotte met Gray in the street and saw that he was shirtless and covered in blood from a cut to his throat. Gray did not have a knife and was handcuffed before being treated by Bennington Rescue Squad.
A woman there said she had told Gray and his girlfriend to get out of the apartment. Gray shut himself inside a room, and when she forced her way in she accidentally broke his cell phone. This made Gray angry, so he picked her up and slammed her to the floor twice before going to the kitchen and cutting his throat with a knife. "You’re screwed," he said, according to the woman.
Another woman said she saw Gray pick the first woman up and slam her into a wall, but she refused to give a statement
The complaining witness told police Gray had strangled her in March during an argument.
According to Gray, after the woman broke his phone he "bear hugged" her, but not enough to cause injury or pain. He admitted to strangling her, saying she had made him angry and he put his hands around her throat for two seconds. He said this has happened twice, and while police were called once, the woman denied it. He also accused her of being abusive toward him.
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