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Waterman man accused of beating, choking girlfriend

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 11:14 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014 11:21 p.m. CST
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Devonta Moore, 24, of Waterman

SYCAMORE – A 24-year-old Waterman man accused of beating his live-in girlfriend was charged with violating an order of protection for allegedly calling her from jail, court records show.

Devonta T. Moore, of the 300 block of North Elm Street, was charged with aggravated domestic battery and domestic battery after trying to strangle his girlfriend during a beating April 10 that left her with a concussion, court records show. The woman was lightheaded and bruised when sheriff’s deputies found her on the third floor of their apartment building about 2 a.m. April 10, court records show.

The woman sought and received an order of protection the same day. Court records show the woman estimated she was struck 40 times, with Moore at one point kicking her as she curled herself around her 2-year-old daughter, who had upset Moore by crying after he started hitting her mother.

When sheriff’s deputies talked with Moore on April 10, he said he drank about six beers and smoked marijuana in the hours leading up to the attack, but denied attacking the woman, court records show.

But Moore called the woman four times from jail, acknowledging that he messed up and recalling events from the attack, court records show.

He remained in jail Friday, unable to post 10 percent of his $525,000 bond. If he were able to post bail, he would be monitored through GPS. Moore is next due in court April 29.

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