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Man, 18, pleads not guilty to domestic violence

An 18-year-old Springfield man pleaded not guilty Tuesday on charges of domestic violence, aggravated menacing, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and drug trafficking in marijuana.

Charles Mitchell II is accused of striking his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend, Tierra Williams, after a verbal disagreement in her home Sunday, according to a Springfield Police Division report issued Tuesday.

Police said Williams suffered injuries to her head and face, indicated by discolored spots on her cheeks and back of her head. A section of her hair was also missing.

Williams refused treatment for her injuries, according to the report.

Police said Mitchell then threatened Williams with a handgun before leaving her house. Her father, Jerry Mack Holder, was also present during the incident, according to the report.

Mitchell later returned to his ex-girlfriend’s residence where officers found two open containers of alcohol, a small digital scale and a plastic bag containing 71.5 grams of marijuana in plain view in his SUV. Further investigation led to the discovery of a loaded .357 revolver in the console and $861 in cash in Mitchell’s pants pockets, according to the report.

Police said Mitchell admitted to owning the marijuana and using the scale for personal use, but denied any knowledge about the gun. Police said Mitchell also denied assaulting his former girlfriend.

Mitchell’s bail has been set at $7,500.

— Staff Writer Meredith Whelchel is a junior at the University of Dayton

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