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Christopher Adams of Northampton set free on $500 bail after pleading not guilty to attempted murder and other charges

Christopher Adams, 24, of 15 Bright St., apt. 1, pleaded not guilty before Northampton District Court Judge W. Michael Gogginsto charges of attempted murder, domestic assault and battery, and threatening to commit a crime (murder).

He was released on $500 cash bail on the condition he refrain from any further abuse of his accuser.

According to police, the alleged victim said he and Adams began arguing Wednesday afternoon in their apartment. The argument escalated to the point where Adams grabbed, shoved and dragged the alleged victim to the ground where the two came to blows.

According to police, Adams allegedly overpowered the victim and wrapped both hands around his throat, began to squeeze and threatened him, saying, “Don’t make me kill you.”

The alleged victim told police that Adams squeezed hard enough to cause him to “see stars.”

Police took photos of the alleged victim’s injuries that they said were consistent with “being strangled by bare hands.”

The victim also reported that Adams bit two of his fingers while they struggled, leaving a wound that continued to bleed profusely during the police interview, according to the criminal complaint application.

The alleged victim told police he was eventually able to break free and leave.

According to court papers, Adams told police the pair had argued, but said the other man was the aggressor. Adams told police the alleged victim challenged him to a fight when the argument became heated and it was the alleged victim who tried to choke Adams by placing his arm around his neck and hand over his mouth.

Adams told police he bit his accuser’s hand in a panic as a means to get him to release, according to court records. Police said Adams had a red mark in the center of his neck.

After interviewing both men, police arrested Adams, contending he was the aggressor.

Adams is due back in court on Dec. 6 for a hearing to determine if any change in his bail status is warranted.

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