Man, 40, denies assault charges 

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Staff Writer
Published: 12/31/2018 10:50:08 PM

NORTHAMPTON – A 40-year-old Westhampton man was arraigned and pleaded not guilty in Northampotn District Court Monday to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member and assault with a dangerous weapon, as well as violating an abuse prevention order.

Prosecutors allege that on Saturday, Jeffrey Gray, of Westhampton, was angered when a woman known to him asked to drive them home, because she had been drinking less. Gray refused the woman’s request, and on the drive home, he allegedly verbally assaulted and spit on her repeatedly. Gray then allegedly struck the woman in the nose, drawing blood, after which he continued to verbally assault her and spit on her, according to court documents.

After arriving at a Kings Highway, Westhampton, residence, the woman allegedly locked herself in her Jeep outside feeling unsafe and called 911. Gray allegedly tried to gain access to the vehicle by striking a window with a saw, according to prosecutors at Gray’s arraignment.

When State Police arrived on the scene, a trooper drew his firearm and asked Gray to drop the saw, which he did. The alleged victim was found with a swollen and lacerated nose, darkening under one eye and blood on her clothing and hands, according to court documents. Gray was placed under arrest.

He was released after the incident and asked to stay away from the alleged victim and her residence. However, Gray allegedly violated this by going onto the property Sunday and putting number plates on a vehicle, according to court documents.

Prosecutors argued that a determination of dangerousness be made by the court and that Gray be held.

His court-appointed attorney, Kevin Kelley, said in court that the “common denominator” was alcohol, and asked that Gray be allowed to remain free with conditions that include he abstain from alcohol and submit to screening.

“He certainly knows that he is on a very short leash,” Kelley said.

Judge Maureen Walsh made a dangerousness determination, but said that Kelley would be released on his own recognizance with conditions that include GPS monitoring, abstention from alcohol and the installation of a SCRAM unit to monitor his compliance. Gray’s next court date is scheduled for Feb. 14.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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