Forum News Service, Published April 02 2014
Brainerd man ‘flipped out’ over cheating allegations, charges sayBRAINERD, Minn. - A Brainerd man charged with attempted murder for allegedly choking a woman told police he “flipped out” over allegations of cheating, according to a criminal complaint.
Steven James Machell, 24, is accused of choking the woman two times in her Brainerd apartment - once with a wooden stick to the point where she couldn’t breathe.
Machell was charged this week in Crow Wing District Court with second-degree attempted murder, which carries a 40-year maximum prison sentence; and two felonies of domestic assault by strangulation and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Brainerd police responded Friday to a report of a domestic assault. The woman, who had fled the scene, reported that she and the suspect live together. She told police she had broken off their relationship about a month ago but allowed Machell to live in the apartment.
According to the complaint, Machell told officers that he mounted her while she was on her back and choked her with his hands around her neck. The complaint also said he used a 2-foot-long stick to choke her and charged at her with a steak knife.
Bail was set at $500,000 without conditions or $150,000 with conditions.