MOUNT VERNON — Attorneys representing a Martinsburg man charged with felonious assault and domestic violence said his victim threw her face into a handgun, causing injuries that required the removal of three teeth.
Randy J. VanWinkle, 41, is contesting charges in a two-day jury trial in Knox County Common Pleas Court that he choked his live-in girlfriend, then hit her in the face with the butt of a .45 caliber handgun. In opening statements, Christian Roland, co-council to VanWinkle, said VanWinkle’s defense — that he was holding the handgun when his girlfriend “headbutted” it — “may be a little hard to believe,” but that the evidence will show it to be true.
VanWinkle is also represented by attorney Morgan Giles.
The first day of the trial was taken up with testimony from Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Wolfe. Wolfe testified that he was dispatched to a 100 block Pierce Lane, Martinsburg residence Aug. 20, 2017, on a domestic call. On arrival, Wolfe spoke with VanWinkle first, then the girlfriend.
Wolfe’s body camera recorded both interviews. Giles played the video in his cross-examination of Wolfe’s testimony.
In the video, VanWinkle states he was asleep when the girlfriend pinned him to the bed and accused him of having an affair after finding a Bobbie pin in his duffel bag. The girlfriend threatened to kill him in his sleep, VanWinkle said, and he got a handgun and told her to “do it now.”