William D. Sowers, 48, pleaded not guilty to felonious assault and domestic violence charges in the Clark County Municipal Court on Thursday morning. Bond was set at $150,000.
Springfield police were called to a home in the 700 block of North Burnett Road at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday to help an unknown female caller. When officers knocked on the door, the woman was hysterical and came to the door with no clothes on, the report said. She told police she was having trouble breathing and that Sowers allegedly beat her and kicked her, it said.
The woman and Sowers began fighting at about 7 p.m. Sowers allegedly pushed the woman into the kitchen door and when she pushed him back, he punched her in the face. He then allegedly began punching her in the face with a closed fist and stomped on her chest with steel toe boots, the report said.
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She was then dragged to the bedroom against her will and Sowers allegedly told her several times he was going to kill her, it said. Sowers allegedly made the woman take a shower to clean up her injuries and later made her sit in the living room with no clothes on, . The woman waited until Sowers fell asleep to call 9-1-1.
Sowers was arrested and placed in the Clark County Jail. He told police he didn’t assault the woman and that damage to the home was caused by her throwing things around, the report said. Her injuries were caused by her falling, he said.
The woman suffered multiple broken ribs and a collapsed lung. She was transported by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment.
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