Mountain View Voice

News - May 7, 2010

Not guilty plea in choking case

by Martin Sanchez

A Mountain View man accused of nearly choking his girlfriend to death last year pleaded "not guilty" to charges, including attempted murder, last week at the Superior Court in Palo Alto, according to the district attorney's office.

Police say Reginald Ellis, 22, tried to choke his 26-year-old girlfriend to death during an argument in their Mountain View apartment last November. Ellis turned himself in to the police Dec. 19.

Amy Cornell of the District Attorney's office said Ellis' next step is a June 3 preliminary hearing at the Palo Alto courthouse, during which a judge will decide whether or not a full trial will occur.

Besides attempted murder, Ellis faces charges of violation of a protective order resulting in physical injury, corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant, terrorist threats, domestic violence, brandishing a deadly weapon, and obstructing use of a wireless telephone used to summon law enforcement.

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