October jury drawing set for Arlington attempted murder case

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BENNINGTON — An Arlington man accused of attempted murder and other charges may face a criminal trial as early as October, according to court records.

Troy Thompson, 24, is alleged to have assaulted his girlfriend at their Arlington residence on Dec. 2 of last year. According to court documents that detail the violent dispute, the couple had an argument while decorating their living room for Christmas, and Thompson escalated it physically.

Thompson pushed the woman into a wall, slapped her, punched her and "shoved her into a storm window, causing it to shatter," according to an affidavit written by Trooper Justin Walker of the Vermont State Police. Thompson allegedly "pushed her down and into the broken glass that was now scattered about the room and on the bed," which caused her a laceration that may have required stitches.

After he shoved her on the bed, Thompson punched the woman and strangled her, according to the affidavit. As the woman "begged Thompson to let go of her neck, fearing she would pass out from being strangled so hard," Walker wrote, a roommate emerged "and said the yelling needed to stop."

Thompson threatened the roommate and told him not to defend the woman, according to court papers. The defendant seized the roommate's phone and tablet, as well as the house phone, "to prevent any outgoing phone calls for help," Walker wrote.

"When Thompson realized he did not have [the woman's] phone," the affidavit says, Thompson "grabbed her by the hair, threw her down, and began strangling her again." The woman messaged Thompson's brother before the defendant wrested the phone from her.

The woman locked herself in the bathroom to try to treat the laceration, around which time the roommate left the residence to seek help and Thompson read the woman's messages to his brother "and got angry over that," according to the affidavit. Thompson allegedly kicked down the bathroom door and pushed the woman "into the tub by her throat," which "caused the shower curtain rod to fall, which Thompson used to push against [the woman's] throat."

At last, Thompson "let her go," and Thompson's father arrived at the residence "to try and help settle things down," Walker wrote. The woman tried to leave with Thompson's father in his truck, but when Thompson also entered the vehicle, she got out. Thompson's father eventually left, and Thompson allegedly resumed his physical abuse of the woman.

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The woman eventually fled to a neighbor's house, according to the affidavit. She later told police that the incident marked the fourth time Thompson had assaulted her.

Walker interviewed the woman at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center the night of the incident. The woman "had two black eyes," the trooper wrote, and "red marks and bruising on and around" her neck.

Police interviewed and arrested Thompson at his father's house after the incident, according to the affidavit. Thompson told police that the couple "got into an argument after he was struck in the face by a string of Christmas lights" by the woman and that "he simply defended himself."

Thompson faces 11 assault-related charges, an interference with access to emergency services charge, a criminal threatening charge and the attempted murder charge, which was added about a week after the other charges were filed in connection with the same incident. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

A jury drawing in the case is currently scheduled for Oct 1.

Thompson's attorney, Jonathan Ward, didn't respond to a text message Thursday regarding the case.

Bennington County Deputy State's Attorney Rob Plunkett, who is prosecuting the case, didn't return requests for comment.

Thompson has been held in custody without bail in advance of trial, court records indicate.

Contact Luke Nathan at lnathan@benningtonbanner.com.


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